As Department Coordinator, I have revised our methods of assessment to increase their reliability and validity. We have identified six student learning outcomes and are currently testing a rubric (Political Science Developmental Rubric) aimed at assessing student development for these six learning outcomes.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students understand and apply fundamental political concepts.

2. Students integrate political concepts, exhibiting an understanding of the connections between them.

3. Students identify and construct different approaches or perspectives used to deal with political issues.

4. Students demonstrate knowledge of and ability to use different political science methodologies.

5. Students successfully complete collaborative work.

6. Students possess high level oral and written communication skills.