ERIC Number: ED367002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment in the Capstone Course: Trial and Error.
Wolff, Leanne O.
The Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Heidelberg College (a private liberal arts college in northwestern Ohio) developed a departmental assessment plan. The department faculty began by working to establish "exit criteria" during an all-day meeting. Unlike other disciplines, communication has no standardized tests and performance measures which can easily be adapted to an institution's needs. Also, since Heidelberg College does not offer release time, all assessment activities had to be added to full loads of teaching and co-curricular activities. Given the difficulties of participation in a junior year pilot assessment program, the department elected to conduct most assessment activities in the required senior seminar course where participation could be mandated. The Watson Glaser Test of Critical Thinking was administered, as well as instruments to measure writing skills, speaking skills, and student attitudes. None of the first-year data from these measures was significant by itself nor did it reveal much collectively. Informal discussions of the process and initial attempts in assessment have changed the focus of the faculty's thinking about the program. An alumni survey was developed and administered. Only about 25% of the surveys have been returned so far. In papers written for the senior seminar, students indicated they are pleased with hands-on experiences and the range of opportunities both academic and co-curricular. Preliminary response to the assessment program is that the process may be more valuable than the results. (Contains 18 references and a list of exit criteria.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Exiting Students; Heidelberg College OH; Program Exit
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).