Assessments, Reviews, & Reports
Each year, the Psychology Department is obligated to assess progress in reaching its goals as defined by its mission. The department also undergoes a review (including a self-study and external evaluation) approximately every five years, as dictated by the regents. Finally, a self-study was prepared in 2002 in response to the university's accreditation review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
During the 2007-2008 academic year, the department approved a new Mission Statement and a new set of Student Learning Outcomes. This review was initiated by the change in the curriculum which created a set of core (general and content) and elective (content and individualized & experiential) courses
Over the last five years, the department has been exploring a number of issues. We have evaluated alumni and graduating seniors' experiences in the department (2003-2004; 2005-2006) and the extent to which psychology students understand fundamental conceptual (2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2007-2008), statistical (2006-2007), ethical (2004-2005) and methodological principles (2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007) of scientific psychology
One important question we address each year is whether students are learning targeted knowledge and skills specifically from their psychology courses. A variety of methodologies have been employed to allow inferences of what students had learned uniquely from their education in the psychology department. The data from several studies suggest that much of students' knowledge of the discipline, its methods, and assumptions come directly from their experiences in the department.