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. Legal Studies students at APUS.
- PO#1- Analyze the constitutional, juridical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives of the law.
- PO#2- Generate analytical and critical thinking in legal writing.
- PO#3- Evaluate and identify areas and issues needing study and analysis using legal research.
- PO#4- Assess the relationship between the social organization of legal institutions and the legal profession in society.
- PO#5- Evaluate the complex relation between the law and justice as dictated and mediated by societal conditions and forces.
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. Legal Studies Program.