SOC 384M • DATA ANALYSIS: DEPT EVALUATION
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
In the Department of Sociology, 384M is a generic course number for a seminar on practical issues in data analysis. Students are allowed to take different versions of the course. This specific edition of 384M will undertake an evaluation of the Department of Sociology. There are two primary goals: to give students practical experience in evaluation research, and to prepare a report, including detailed descriptions of the undergraduate and graduate programs, assessments, and recommendations for future changes, that will be useful to the Department of Sociology. Students who take this course can count it toward either a methodology or a professionalization requirement. A review of the graduate program was done in the context of a graduate seminar in Fall Semester 1997, with presentation of the results and recommendations to the the entire department in Spring 1998. The present evaluation will include the undergraduate program, as well, although with more emphasis on the graduate program. There was an external evaluation of the department in 2003. The Department recently had to post a detailed description of a continuous monitoring system for the B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. programs, as part of OATS (Online Assessment Tracking System). This was required as part of the university's periodic accreditation. The overall structure of the evaluation will be a group effort, but each student will take primary responsibility for specific components, and secondary or backup responsibility for some other components. The content of the course will depend partly on the number of students, their interests, and the rate of data collection. Some of the data collection may involve interviews of current students or faculty. These interviews will be restricted to professional topics.