Program Learning Outcomes
By using various assessment tools and/or rubrics within the classroom, American Public University System (APUS) is able to capture a snapshot of students’ success in fulfilling their program outcomes. Signature assignments, generally in the final course of a program, are used to assess students’ proficiency in meeting each program outcome (PO). In order to show proficiency in an area, a student must achieve a score of 85% or greater. American Public University System strives to have 70% or more (university benchmark) of our students reaching the 85% proficiency standard. When this benchmark isn't met, action is taken to improve curriculum and instruction to better serve our students. The below chart shows combined results of A.A. Communication students at APUS.
- PO#1- Describe the various theoretical models and separate parts of the communication process.
- PO#2- Prepare and deliver a presentation appropriate to a selected communication setting or event.
- PO#3- Articulate the issues relevant to interpersonal and/or intercultural communication.
- PO#4- Apply relevant techniques to interpersonal and/or intercultural communication.
- PO#5- Demonstrate knowledge of the history, models, theories, and concepts of mass communication.
- PO#6- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of communication.
- PO#7- Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics and processes of small group communication.
- PO#8- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and dynamics of communication between genders.
Learning Outcomes Assessment: ETS Proficiency Profile
Undergraduate students at American Public University System (both AMU and APU) are required to participate in our national testing initiative as they near degree completion. This involves completion of the ETS Proficiency Profile, a general education assessment. This initiative enables us to evaluate and inform teaching and learning, as well as benchmark our programs. Below are combined results from the ETS Proficiency Profile for A.A. Communication students in the School of Arts & Humanities.
End of Program Survey
Student satisfaction is extremely important at American Public University System. Students are asked to complete a survey at the conclusion of their program to give insight on their experience. Below are anonymous, self-reported results, from the End of Program survey, for students in the A.A. Communication Program.