Department of Psychology

Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes for the Undergraduate Major in Psychology


Program Outcomes (PO)

  • PO 1: Students will receive a high quality education in the diverse discipline of Psychology, and learn communication and critical thinking skills expected of an individual with scienctific training. American Psychological Association (APA) curriculum standards and guidelines are closely followed. Comparison with benchmark institutions are conducted through the Committee on Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP).

  • PO 2: Majors are exposed to applied, active learning experiences in psychology involving research and service. Annual reviews are conducted of the number of students enrolled in Counseling Practicum, Directed Independent Study, and Honors Projects. We also determine the number of student authorships in refereed journals and conference presentations via Faculty Annual Reports and Digital Measures.

  • PO 3: Majors are prepared to take their place as working citizens and to pursue further education in psychology and other professions and academic disciplines. Data are collected informally from Faculty Annual Reports and student self reports regarding graduate, professional school, and career placement.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  • SLO 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically about and analyze psychology concepts and literature. Student papers and presentations in senior capstone courses are evaluated using an internal assessment instrument. Items 1, 2 & 6 of the instrument are used to assess SOL1.

  • SLO 2: Students will be able to effectively communicate psychological concepts and research in the style of the American Psychological Association. Student papers and presentations in senior capstone courses are evaluated using an internal assessment instrument. Items 3 & 4 of the instrument are used to assess SOL2.

  • SLO 3: Students will be able to present and interpret quantitative data in psychological research. Student papers and presentations in senior capstone courses are evaluated using an internal assessment instrument. Items 5 & 6 of the instrument are used to assess SOL3.

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