Outcomes: Changes Made in
Response to Assessment Data
- The Accountancy Department administered a senior survey for their majors that indicated a very high percentage were interested in taking the CPA exam. As a result, the department revised its curriculum by adding four required credit hours in order to meet the 120-hour minimum to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam in Rhode Island.
- The Art/Art History Department developed its own comprehensive identification examination for seniors, involving the identification of slides from both western and non-western art. It has also developed a preparation pre-test program that enables students to know what will be expected of them when they take this examination.
- The Biology Department surveyed seniors who participated in an internship or independent research project. Students were asked about the rigor, quality, and personal experience derived from these programs. Comments on all these aspects were discussed by the department and in some cases have led to adjustments in the experiences to make them more valuable to the students.
- The Marketing Department administers its own examination to senior majors. Based on exam results, content changes are being introduced in the Principles of Marketing course.
- The Psychology Department administers the nationally-normed Major Field Test (available through ETS). Based on test results, the department added course content in the area of sensory/perception.
- The Social Work Department reviewed and revised its curriculum and has followed a program of course-embedded assessment. In addition, senior exit interviews led the department to limit class sizes.
- The Student Health Center gathered survey information (including data from the Student Satisfaction Inventory, or SSI) and introduced significant changes in the areas of service and scheduling.
- The Office of Academic Services has used assessment results to improve both the quantity and quality of services to students (e.g., enhancing early intervention for at-risk students based on analysis of incoming student credentials).