1. An understanding of the varieties of audiences, purposes and methodologies used by the media in providing information to the public
2. An understanding of the conventions - the rules and ethical codes - that govern how journalists interpret, use and create stories
3. An awareness of the history of journalism in order to form an appreciation for the craft as well as its role in a free society
4. An understanding of journalism conventions and techniques used in the workplace
5. An understanding of and an ability to apply different styles of writing in order to best convey the story
6. A solid working knowledge of English language and grammar
7. An ability to use research materials and to follow accepted publication and editorial style sheets (Associated Press Stylebook and individual newspaper style conventions)
8. An understanding of editorial and publication practices used in both print and electronic mediums
9. Knowledge of a discipline other than those taught in the English department, as a liberal or technical course of study and as a practical area of expertise for the journalist after graduation
In spring 2006-07, the faculty within the department of English utilized the CoursEval system to enter evaluation data from all first-draft WRITING ASSIGNMENTS of student work from lower- and upper-division English courses. Using a common evaluation rubric, faculty members assigned a rating (on a four-point scale) for each student's first draft for the following rubric criteria: content, documentation, focus, organization, style and mechanics. A copy of the scoring rubric is attached. For the upper-division courses, the majority of which are taken by majors within the department of English, a total of 54 students from four sections were evaluated. Learning objectives one through six are measured with this assessment.
Students present their SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECTS in a presentation course that follows the new workshop course in their senior year, where they expand their research, write, revise and polish their writing. Under the guidance of a faculty member, the group establishes a collaborative community to critique each other's projects and to offer suggestions for revisions and publication opportunities. Students must complete a reading from their project of at least 20 minutes and take questions from their departmental peers and a group of faculty members. The faculty uses a rubric with five criterion items to score the student's presentation. Evaluation ratings are averaged, and comments are provided to the student; this material forms the basis for their grade in the presentation course. All learning objectives are measured with this assessment.
Annual Reports on the Assessment of Student Learning
Follow the links below to view the full text of the reports for each academic year.
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