Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy




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PROGRAM REVIEW SELF-STUDY REPORT


for the


Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy


Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy


Philosophy & Religious Studies Program


College of Arts and Sciences


Date: 7 March 2006


Submitted by: Terry Pence

Table of Contents


1. Brief Program Profile 4

1.a. Name and description of academic program. 4

1.b. Name and position of person responsible for administering the program. 5

1.c. Summary of any previous reviews of the program 5

2. Program Mission. 6

2.a. Instructional goals 7

2.b. Scholarship goals 10

2.c. Civic Engagement goals 10

2.d. Other goals 11

3. Relationship to Institutional Mission – 11

3.a. Philosophy and Religious Studies contributions to the College of Arts and Sciences Mission & Goals 12

3.a.1. College of Arts and Sciences Mission 12

3.a.2. College of Arts and Sciences 2005-2006 goals: 12

3.b. Philosophy And Religious Studies contributions to the University’s Strategic Priorities for 2003-2008: 13

4. Instructional Effectiveness – 15

4.a. Curriculum – which courses taught by the program are designed to fulfill the various goals described in section 2 (Program Mission and Goals)? 15

4.a.1 Does the program provide service courses for the general education program? 15

4.a.2. Does the program offer service courses for other degree programs? 16

4.a.3. Identify specific strengths and weaknesses in the current curriculum. 18

4.a.4. Describe the role of technology in the delivery of the program’s curriculum. 19

4.a.5. Describe use of cooperative education and internships as part of the program’s preparation of its students. 19

4.b. Enrollment – 19

4.b.1. Project the number of declared majors for the next three years. 20

4.b.2. Comment on the number of students who graduated from the program for the past three years. Project numbers of graduates for the next three years. 20

4.b.3. Provide an estimate of the programs growth or decline in enrollment for the next three years. 20

4.b.4. Comment on the program’s enrollment capacity. 21

4.b.5. Describe the program’s recruitment strategies? 21

4.b.6. Identify any admission standards that apply to the program. 22

4.c. Faculty – describe the faculty assigned to the program. 22

4.c.1. How many full-time faculty members currently teach in the program? 22

4.c.2 What percentage of the permanent faculty has appropriate terminal degrees? 22

4.c.3. How many part-time faculty members currently teach in the program? 22

4.c.4. What changes have occurred in the program’s faculty over the past five years? 23

4.d. Learning outcomes/goals for students – 24

4.d.1. Describe the learning outcomes established for students in the program. 24

4.d.2. Explain how the learning outcomes shape the requirements and electives of the program’s curriculum. 25

4.d.3. Describe the measures used to assess whether or not students are meeting the learning outcome objective of the program’s curriculum. 25

4.d.4. Describe how the program communicates the learning outcomes/goals to students. 26

4.d.5. Discuss the ways the department uses the information gathered through the assessment process to improve and/or maintain the quality of the program? 27

5. Scholarship – 27

6. Public Engagement/Service - 28

6.a. List any special initiatives currently underway with public audiences. 29

6.b. What are the outcomes of these initiatives (e.g. special events)? 30

7. Student Involvement and Satisfaction – 30

7.a. Does the program have a website that contains information about program requirements? 30

7.b. Does the program have discipline-related student organizations that are sponsored by faculty? 30

7c. If so, describe their activities. 30

7.d. Describe the academic advising process for students in the program. 31

7.e. Discuss the results of any assessment process used to evaluate student satisfaction with the program. 31

8. Information Resources and Instructional Equipment – 31

8.a. Adequacy of library holdings for the program. 31

8.b. Strengths and weaknesses of library holdings and department’s information resources, e.g. computers and journals for students). 32

8.c. Quality of current facilities and capital equipment used by the program. 32

8.d. Strengths and weaknesses in facilities and capital equipment. 33

9. Program Benchmarking – 33

9.a. Briefly describe the process for gathering information from the benchmark institutions and indicate contacted institutions. 33

9.b. List any significant similarities and differences between your program and related programs at the benchmark institutions. 34

9.c. List features of analogous programs at the benchmark institutions that are not currently practices in your program but that you believe should be considered for adoption by your program. 35

9.d. List resources needed to incorporate these features into your program. 36

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10. External Evaluators – 36

11. Program Planning (SACS, Institutional, CPE) - 36

11.a. Describe current and long-range opportunities and challenges facing the program. 36

11.b. What are the program’s strategies for taking advantage of these opportunities and meeting these challenges? 37

11.c. How does the program’s strategic plan relate to Academic Affairs’ Academic Plan and to the University’s Strategic Agenda 38

12. Dean’s Response and Recommendations 38

APPENDIX A The 1996 external review of Philosophy 39

APPENDIX B Course History 44

APPENDIX C Philosophy and Religious Studies Courses and General Education 47

APPENDIX D Senior Assessment Instruments 52

APPENDIX E Relevant Strategic Priorities and Goals 62

APPENDIX F Faculty Profile forms 66

APPENDIX G APA Statements on the Profession: Research in Philosophy 74

APPENDIX H APA Statements on the Profession: Outcomes Assessment 77

APPENDIX I External Review 1996 (OCR version) 79

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