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Departmental Assessment Report

 

Number of Majors:

 

Level: Fall 2005 Fall 2004 Fall 2003
Graduate Student 26 30 30

 

Number of Graduates in 2004-2005: 6

Student Learning Goals:

1. Produce a creative thesis in their major genre that the committee determines to be of a publishable standard.
2. Be capable of placing their own creative work and the work of others within an historical and critical context, showing suitable knowledge of literary conventions and the ability to reference other significant works in the field.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the literary traditions, critical theories and artistic forms of their genre.
4. Demonstrate the ability to critique peer work, using appropriate vocabulary as well as workshop etiquette

 

Assessment Plan:

Assessment Measure: Goals Addressed:

(list by number)

How is the information used?
MFA Thesis 1-4 Each May, the MFA Director will meet with MFA faculty to review theses and assess the learning goals each year.  The results will be used to improve instruction and student advising, and/or modify learning goals.
Workshop Evaluations 1-4 MFA Director will read student evaluations and approach faculty with any issues and concerns. MFA faculty will also be expected to provide descriptions of courses, and evaluate their own performances.
MFA Thesis Oral Defense 1-4 Each May, the MFA Director will meet with MFA faculty to review oral thesis defenses and assess the learning goals each year.  The results will be used to improve instruction and student advising, and/or modify learning goals.
Exit Survey 1-4 Each graduating MFA student will be given an Exit Survey, as described in the AWP handbook. Faculty will meet to discuss survey results.  The survey questions financial support, quality of faculty, curriculum and/or proposed new courses, student advising, facilities at Boise State etc.
Alumni Survey 1-4 Periodically, the MFA Director will send out a brief survey to MFA graduates.  This survey will ask about publications, employment and/or entry into PhD programs.  This information will be organized by the MFA director and discussed in MFA faculty meetings to review how applicable the students’ learning goals were to the careers they chose. Results from the survey are one way to determine the success of our graduates, and thus the program