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. Political Science students at APUS.
- PO#1- Analyze the fundamental theories and philosophies of government, governance, economy, and civil society.
- PO#2- Compare and contrast the political elements of representative democracy and with other political systems.
- PO#3- Assess the three institutions of government that create and implement federal policy.
- PO#4- Analyze the historical evolution and contemporary manifestations of the federal system.
- PO#5- Analyze the various roles of interest groups in the United States in both historical and modern democratic processes.
- PO#6- Assess the impact of political parties on federal, state, and local government.
- PO#7- Analyze the concept of diversity in American politics, to include gender, ethnicity, and age.
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. Political Science 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 B.A. Political Science Program.