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 M.S. Information Technology students at APUS.
- PO#1- Apply key management theory, principles, best practices, tools, and technologies associated with information systems.
- PO#2- Analyze selected research methods and tools.
- PO#3- Utilize graduate level critical thinking, reasoning, and writing to defend the logic and the conclusions in scholarly research.
- PO#4- Plan the processes, phases, domains, and measures for effectively managing complex information technology projects.
- PO#5- Design a normalized and optimized enterprise database system.
- PO#6- Produce a plan that addresses the principles and challenges in incorporating emerging network architectures, technologies, and protocols into information technology systems.
- PO#7- Develop legal, social, ethical, and technical solutions for securing information systems.
- PO#8- Assess the vulnerabilities of information systems with respect to security and the methodologies to mitigate this risk.
- PO#9- Perform in-depth research and critical analysis on thesis subject or creative project.
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 M.S. Information Technology Program.