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.S. Paralegal Studies students at APUS.
- PO#1- Apply legal research methods and techniques that are used in the practice of law.
- PO#2- Develop skills in legal reasoning, in identifying and effectively using legal resources and in writing legal documents.
- PO#3- Evaluate the importance of secondary sources in legal research.
- PO#4- Describe the primary rules and sources and roles of each in legal research.
- PO#5- Distinguish how advice, persuasion, and advocacy enter into legal research.
- PO#6- Demonstrate knowledge of the nature, function, principles, and concepts of law as they relate to the paralegal and apply critical legal thinking and analytical skills to resolve typical situations or facts.
- PO#7- Comprehend and describe what a paralegal is and how one fits into the legal system.
*This program changed its name to A.S. in Legal Studies in January 2021.
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.S. Paralegal Studies students in the School of Security and Global Studies.
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.S. Paralegal Studies Program.