Assessment

Mission Statement

The Program in Integrated Studies serves students with interests and capabilities in more than one scholarly discipline. The degree trades disciplinary depth for breadth and for cross-disciplinary research and writing that culminate in a senior thesis. The Program encourages and supports interdisciplinary study across campus.

Special program characteristics:

  • Students engage in Interdisciplinary work that culminates in a senior thesis.
  • Students receive one-on-one feedback from multiple faculty mentors throughout their senior thesis process.
  • Students completing the Integrated Studies degree have developed skills in thinking, problem solving, collaborative work, gathering and analyzing data, writing, and speaking, and have done so on the foundation of solid (but not exhaustive) disciplinary emphases.
  • Faculty do campus-wide interdisciplinary work that includes team teaching across disciplines and collaborative projects.
  • The campus and local community benefit from our lecture series and our interdisciplinary conferences, as well as from our student-published journal.

Assessment

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be able to gather and analyze information to develop a Capstone Thesis which incorporates knowledge from their two (or three) emphasis areas, upper division theory courses, and Integrated Studies topics courses.
  2. Graduates will be able to discuss and defend their Capstone Thesis/Project with particular attention to how concepts from their emphases are incorporated through work on a problem that requires interdisciplinary tools.
  3. Graduates will be able to apply research and writing skills to demonstrate informational and technical literacy.

Integrated Studies Self Study 2010

Integrated Studies Self Study 2016

Integrated Studies 2019 Assessment Model w Continuous Quality Improvement Element

Program Evaluation Methodologies and Reports

Outside Evaluations of Thesis Work

 

Once every three to five years, a random sample of Capstone II thesis work is evaluated by an external reviewer. These evaluations are used by program faculty to make improvements to the Capstone courses and thesis process.

1999-2003 Evaluation
2006-2008 Evaluation
2009-2012 Evaluation
2013-2016 Evaluation

LinkedIn Analysis Reports

After the baseline report (2008-2017), this report of alumni career & graduate school outcomes will be generated once every three to five years.

2008-2017

National Student Clearinghouse Reports

Overall, post-graduate outcomes for students in the program are good. While on average 40% of people who complete an undergraduate degree are admitted to a graduate program within 10 years, data from the National Student Clearinghouse indicates that 47% of Integrated Studies graduates were admitted (not counting any students who attended programs outside of the United States). 

2008-2017

Exit Survey Reports

 

Graduating BA/BS students are given an optional exit survey, which requests their feedback across a variety of metrics: program rigor, faculty performance, advisor performance, level of preparedness for graduate school/employment, etc. Low response rates leads us to consider mandating the survey via a formal curriculum action.

2017-2018
2018-2019 (Coming Soon)

Student Success Reports

 

Assessment of the ability of students to complete the program. Metrics include: time to graduation, annual retention rate, overall graduation rate, average GPA at graduation, and reasons for failure to complete. 

2014-2018 Baseline

Program Health Reports

 

Report listing the number of active students in the program, graduation figures, course enrollments generated vs. offered, and emphases offered & in development.

2008-2017 Baseline

2018 Report

Advising Outcomes Reports

 

Assessment of intensive advising practices, including advising learning outcomes as established in Integrated Studies Advising Syllabus.

2018-2019 (Coming Spring 2019)

Program Cost Reports

 

Departmental response to Annual DFTE Budget Report from UVU Budget Office, which factors teaching Integrated Studies faculty do for other units into the cost per DFTE calculation for a more accurate representation of program cost. 

2009-2010 to 2016-2017 Baseline

Course Learning Outcomes Assessment Reports

 

 

Faculty Research Reports

 

Integrated Studies Faculty CVs. 

2016 Baseline

2019 Report

Annual Strategic Plans

5 Year Summary Reports

 

Program Review reports across a five year timeline. 

Integrated Studies Self Study 2010

Integrated Studies Self Study 2016

Additional Assessment Documents

Program research or key documentation that does not fit into the categories above or is not repeated on a regular basis. . 

Integrated Studies Founding Documentation

Overrides Analysis and Solutions
Effect of Emphases on Minors
Financial Aid Policy Impact 2017