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Outcomes and Assessment

The Philosophy self-assessment is based on the following questions:

This course has improved my ability to think clearly and critically about complex issues.

Through this course I have come to understand the importance of the issues covered. Give an instance of such an issue.

As a result of this class, my reading ability has improved and become more critical.

This course has developed skills that enhanced my performance in other courses. Explain what skills were enhanced.

This course has enhanced my ability to be an informed and engaged participant in society.

This course has conveyed to you something which you believe has lasting intellectual or personal significance for you. What is it, if anything, that you take to have this lasting significance for you?

This course has positively changed your view of the value of philosophy. Please indicate in what way your view of philosophy has changed.

You would take other courses in philosophy as a result of taking this course. Explain why or why not.

This course increased my interest in the philosophy major or minor. Explain why or why not.

Philosophy Outcomes 2014-2015

Outcomes assessment was conducted in PHIL 1010, 1200 and 1300 courses during the 2014-15 year. Most of the assessment was in the form of exit questions, although in some cases pre-exit questions also were asked.

Fall 2014 PHIL 1010 Enrollment: 200

  • 91.8 percent agreed that the course provided them with the intellectual tools needed to consider life’s most important issues.

Fall 2014 PHIL 1300 Enrollment: 70

  • When asked early in the semester whether students thought their ethical beliefs were the result of careful deliberation, 59 percent agreed or strongly agreed. When asked as an exit question, 77 percent agreed or strongly agreed.
  • When asked if they could tell the difference between good and bad reasoning, early in the semester 34 percent of students either agreed or strongly agreed. When asked as an exit question, 58 percent agreed or strongly agreed.

Spring 2015 PHIL 1010 Enrollment: 40

  • Only six students responded. All agreed that they were now able to describe several important positions taken on a number of important philosophical questions.

Spring 2015 PHIL 1200 Enrollment: 119

  • When asked to assess three well know argument forms, on an early survey the percent of students misled by the reasoning were: 54/27/14 percent, respectively. On the final survey, the percentages misled were: 45/15/9 percent, respectively

Spring 2015 PHIL1300 Three sections; Enrollment: 68; 72; 54

  • 84/79/80 percent agreed or strongly agreed that their ability to distinguish good reasoning from bad had grown from taking this class.

Spring 2015 PHIL 1300 Responses: 72

  • When asked whether their ability to distinguish good from bad arguments had grown due to this course (4=totally agree; 0= totally disagree), the average of their responses was 3.18.
  • When asked whether they had grown in their respect for alternative responses to controversial moral issues through taking this course, the average of their responses was 3.17.

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