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M.A. Intelligence Studies 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 M.A. Intelligence Studies students at APUS.

  • PO#1- Examine the evolution, structures, functions, capabilities, and activities of the national intelligence community, both from the pre- and- post-9/11 perspectives.
  • PO#2- Explain the structures, functions, capabilities, and contributions of national intelligence consumers to include the national command authority, executive departments, Congress, military services, joint/unified commands, and law enforcement agencies.
  • PO#3- Appraise the intelligence cycle, including intelligence planning, data collection, data exploitation, analysis, production, and dissemination phases.
  • PO#4- Investigate the fundamental capabilities, limitations, and means of tasking human, geographic/imagery, signals, measurement, and technical and open intelligence data sources.
  • PO#5- Assess and predict traditional and non-traditional threats to national and international security.
  • PO#6- Conduct advanced research and compose professional and academic analyses on issues critical to intelligence consumers.
  • PO#7- Evaluate the latest techniques and procedures for improving interagency cooperation and intelligence sharing.

M.A. Intelligence Studies Program Outcomes

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.A. Intelligence Studies Program.

M.A. Intelligence Studies EOP Survey Results