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Program Learning Objectives

Revised 2018

A. Content Knowledge

  1. Explain and apply knowledge of the developmental norms for speech/language acquisition.

  2. Explain and apply knowledge of the theoretical and scientific foundations of CSD.

  3. Explain and apply knowledge of speech, language and hearing disorders.

  4. Explain how individual, cultural, and linguistic differences contribute to understanding of language and communication.

  5. Discuss current technological advances and illustrate their use for clinical problem solving.

  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic clinical process for the evaluation and remediation of communication disorders and differences.

B. Critical Thinking Skills and Research Knowledge

  1. Apply critical thinking, problem solving and logical reasoning skills to topics in CSD.

  2. Develop and explain the scientific method and basic analytic skills for interpretation of research.

  3. Identify and apply “evidence-informed decision making” as a lifelong learning perspective.

C. Communication Skills

  1. Demonstrate effective written communication skills to explain and describe content and research knowledge, and critical thinking skills as they apply to topics in CSD.

  2. Demonstrate effective spoken communication skills to explain and describe content and research knowledge, and critical thinking skills as they apply to topics in CSD.

Learning Objectives Selected for Assessment 2018-19

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  • A total of six measures were used to assess students’ knowledge of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Assessment of student performance on class assignments pertaining to the selected objectives has a department-set goal: At least 80% of students will receive a grade of B or above.
Content Knowledge PLO #4: Explain how individual, cultural, and linguistic differences contribute to understanding of language and communication icon-olus-circle

Six measures were analyzed to determine students’ knowledge of how individual, cultural, and linguistic differences contribute to understanding of language and communication.

All of the six measures met the criterion. These data were gathered across three 400-level courses; two were short essays written in response to questions following an assigned reading, two were short essays written in response to questions following viewing of an assigned documentary, and the remaining two measures were in the form of assessment projects. The average percent of students who earned a grade of B or higher for the essay questions pertaining to how individual, cultural, and linguistic differences contribute to understanding of language and communication was 96%. The project results yielded 95% of students earning a B or higher.

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Our assessment report for 2018-2019 revealed that students in CSD are gaining valuable information pertaining to how individual, cultural, and linguistic differences contribute to understanding of diversity of language and communication that will arm them with the basic knowledge in the field needed to be successful in a required graduate program.

Learning Objectives Selected for Assessment 2017-18

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  • A total of 13 measures were used to assess students’ knowledge of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Assessment of student performance on class assignments pertaining to the selected objectives has a department-set goal: At least 80% of students will receive a grade of B or above.
Program Learning Objective # 4: The student will demonstrate knowledge of appropriate procedures to assess and remediate speech and language disorders. icon-olus-circle

Eleven measures were analyzed to determine students’ knowledge of appropriate procedures to assess and remediate speech and language disorders. Ten of the 11 measures met the criterion. These data were gathered across three courses; three were in the form of exam questions, one was a case study, three were short essays written in response to a question following an assigned reading, and the remaining four measures were in the form of assessment projects. The average percent of students who earned a grade of B or higher for the quiz and exam questions pertaining to assessment and remediation of speech and language disorders was 83%. The case study results yielded 90% of students earning a B or higher. An average of 92% of the students who completed these projects and assignments earned a grade of B or higher; however, the results of one project did not meet criterion as the percent of students who earned a grade of B or higher was 78%.

Program Learning Objective # 5: The student will demonstrate essential skills for generating professional written reports. icon-olus-circle

Two measures were assessed to determine students’ knowledge of essential skills for generating professional written reports. 98% of the students in the fall 2017 semester earned a grade of B or higher. 73% of students earned a minimum grade of B in the spring 2018 semester.

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Our assessment report revealed that students in CSD are gaining valuable information pertaining to assessment and remediation of communication disorders and writing professional reports that will arm them with the basic knowledge in the field needed to be successful in a required graduate program.