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B.A. Philosophy Assessment Results

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.A. Philosophy students at APUS.

  • PO#1- Discuss the historical development and evolution of philosophy from its origins through contemporary times.
  • PO#2- Explain the various schools of philosophical and moral thought, the history behind their development, and the rationale for their acceptance and practice.
  • PO#3- Recognize and apply logic: what makes a deductive argument valid or an inductive argument strong; an action moral or immoral; a statement believed to be true.
  • PO#4- Stake out a philosophical position in a written composition and critically analyze a philosophical question.
  • PO#5- Analyze and evaluate philosophical arguments from historical and contemporary sources.
  • PO#6- Apply philosophical inquiry to contemporary events.

BA Philosophy SLAR

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.A. Philosophy students in the School of Arts & Humanities.

BA Philosophy EPP

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.A. Philosophy Program.

BA Philosophy EOP