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 B.S. Information Technology students at APUS.
- PO#1- Assess the significance of the system development life cycle and its effectiveness.
- PO#2- Build a software program with software quality and reusability using the principles and concepts of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP).
- PO#3- Design a network that incorporates the principles of network technologies.
- PO#4- Design a database that applies the fundamentals of database management systems.
- PO#5- Analyze the computer and network security issues, policies, proactive measures, and software tools to counter security breaches and threats.
- PO#6- Apply industry driven techniques for designing, developing, deploying, and securing enterprise applications on the desktop and on the Web.
- PO#7- Demonstrate use of analytical, logical, and critical thinking to design, develop, and deploy effective Information Technology solutions.
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 B.S. Information Technology students in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.
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 B.S. Information Technology Program.