Sociology Program Assessment Plan

 

Goals

 

Preamble

The Sociology Program of Northeastern Illinois University is committed to preparing graduates to live in and contribute to an increasingly complex and diverse social world. When students have completed a B.A. in sociology, students will have demonstrated:

 

 

 

 

Goal 1

An understanding of key sociological ideas.

 

 

 

 

Goal 2

The ability to apply a sociological perspective to everyday life, in particular how to work for social justice in socially diverse groups, societies, and the global community.

 

 

Goal 3

Effective thinking, oral and written communication, technological, and research skills.

 

                       

 

Performance Indicators

Goal 1: An understanding of key sociological ideas

 

Objectives: Understands sociological theory and key concepts

 

Performance Indicators:

Paper from Classical or Contemporary Theory course

Paper from a course on the intersection of race, class, and gender (e.g. Social Stratification, American Women, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Sociology)

 

Goal 2: Application of a sociological perspective

 

Objectives: Can use the sociological imagination and can participate in sociological practice and activism

 

Performance Indicators

Paper from one of the social institutions course (e.g. Marriage and family, Religion, Education, Media)

Paper from a course on the intersection of race, class, and gender (see above)

Paper from Sociological Practice or from Internship in Sociology

 

Goal 3: Effective thinking, communication, technological, and research skills

 

Objectives: Can demonstrate clear and well-organized thinking in writing, can use social statistics, and can conduct research.

 

Performance indicators:

Research paper from Methods of Sociological Inquiry, Social Statistics, Population and Demography, or another course.

 

Assessment Rubrics

Rubrics for understanding sociological concepts

5 Outstanding               Facility with sociological concepts

4 Strong                       Consistent facility with sociological concepts with occasional errors.

3 Adequate                  Inconsistent facility with sociological concepts; may have errors that confuse meaning.

2 Limited                      Inadequate facility with the use of sociological concepts with an accumulation of errors.

1 Unsatisfactory            Serious and frequent errors

0 No evidence              No documentation provided or available

 

Rubrics for application of a sociological perspective

5 Outstanding               Facility with application of a sociological perspective

4 Strong                       Consistent facility with application with occasional inability to apply

3 Adequate                  Inconsistent facility with application, but demonstrate an understanding.

2 Limited                      Inadequate facility with application, unable to accomplish independently

1 Unsatisfactory            Unable to apply a sociological perspective

0 No evidence              No documentation provided or available

 

Rubrics for thinking, communication, technological, and research skills

5 Outstanding               Facility with thinking, communication, technological and research skills

4 Strong                       Consistent facility with thinking, communication, technological, and research skills, but less effective in one area more than others.

3 Adequate                  Inconsistent facility, may have errors that obscure meaning

2 Limited                      Inadequate skills with many errors

1 Unsatisfactory            Serious and frequent errors with little demonstration of ability with these skills

0 No evidence              No documentation provided or available

Sociology Major Assessment Rubric for Performance Indicators*

5 Outstanding               Effectively addresses goals

4 Strong                       Addresses most all of the goals

3 Adequate                  Meets no more than minimum requirements

2 Limited                      Inadequately addresses goals

1 Unsatisfactory            Goals and objectives not met at all

0 Not applicable

 

 

                                                                                                                5              4              3              2              1

Goal 1: Understands key sociological concepts

1. Understands key theories and understands

 how the major parts fit together.

2. Knows meaning of basic concepts, can use them,

and can apply them to a variety of situations.

 

Where in the documentation is this present?

 

 

 

Goal 2: Ability to apply a sociological perspective

3. Understands the relationship of a sociological

perspective to social action

4. Sees impact of social and historical forces in own life,

in others’ lives, in social institutions, policies, and practices.

 

Where in the documentation is this present?

 

 

 

Goal 3: Effective thinking, communication, technological,

and research skills

5. Can compare and contrast  theories and ideas, critique from

a theoretical perspective, can state generalizations and provide

supporting evidence, can write clearly and organize effectively

with appropriate citation of sources.

6. Can speak to a whole class, make eye contact, present a point

of view and analysis with evidence, can present an application of ideas,

and can use multiple strategies to deal with an audience.

7. Understands and uses statistics for sociological analysis.

8. understands the research process and research vocabulary, can do

a review of the literature, and can carry out basic sociological research.

 

Where in the documentation is this present?