Integrated Studies Program 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Course Learning Outcomes (IS 300R & IS 350R)

Upon successful completion of an Integrated Studies Topics Course, students should be able to:

  1. Locate and critically analyze primary and secondary sources.
  2. Use historical sources and methodologies from interdisciplinary and multi-perspective approaches to develop an interpretation of the specific topic, issue, or period under study.
  3. Apply critical research, reading, analysis, and writing skills in the production of written assignments.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply new understanding of the special topic by completing a final research paper.

 


Assessment Methodologies & Reports

Outside Evaluation 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

LinkIn Analysis - Alumni Career Outcomes

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 - Alumni Graduate School Outcomes

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 / Ability to Complete Program

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

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

Advising Outcomes

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

2018-2019 (Coming Spring 2019)

Program Cost

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

Faculty Research

Integrated Studies Faculty CVs. 

2016 Baseline
2019 Report

Annual Strategic Plans

Strategic plans developed during each annual Back to School gathering, setting forth the goals of the academic year.

2016-2017
2017-2018
2018-2019 (Coming Soon)

5 Year Assessment Summaries

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