Basque Studies Ph.D. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Basque Studies (hereafter CBS) is both to preserve existing knowledge about the Basque people and to facilitate and encourage the further study and investigation of Basque topics by promoting scholarship and research in the field of Basque Studies. In order to achieve this goal, CBS faculty participates in scholarly and research activities in the various fields of Basque Studies, including but not limited to Anthropology and Culture, History, Language and Literature, and Political Science, as well as Genocide studies, Terrorism, Diaspora and Migration Studies, Gender Studies and, Art. As an interdisciplinary field, Basque Studies requires scholars to be conversant with Basque-related material and research across the disciplines. CBS faculty conduct research in their areas of specialization and in related areas that fall within the purview of Basque studies as a whole. In addition, while our faculty are focused on Basque Studies, they are also trained in specific disciplines and make contributions in those various academic fields, through research, teaching, and community outreach, even when such contributions are not Basque-related. The CBS facilitates the research of Basque Scholars worldwide through access to our staff and by facilitating access to the Basque Library collection. The CBS facilitates interest in Basque scholarship in the following ways: by offering classes at UNR and other universities in the United States and in Europe; through study abroad, specifically under UNR's University Studies Abroad Consortium; by running a listserve for Basque scholars; by maintaining a website and presence on the internet; by offering a Basque minor; and by providing a tutorial Ph.D. The CBS provides knowledge, experience, and advice regarding the Basque language and culture to the University and the community, the region, the country, and the world. The CBS responds to requests for information from organizations, institutions and individuals; publishes and distributes materials including but not limited to a newsletter, articles, and monographs; edits a Basque Book Series for the University of Nevada; provides consultation, when appropriate, to museums, documentary filmmakers, other publishers, etc.; and contributes to the atmosphere of scholarly excellence within the University.

Program Outcomes

1. Students will exhibit progress in the Ph.D. tutorial program between the first and second semester following enrollment.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Each student, in cooperation with their faculty mentor, will develop and submit a formal program of study.
  • Each student will form a graduate committee.
Assessment Method
  • The CBS director and faculty mentor will approve the student's graduate committee.
  • The CBS director, the student's faculty mentor and the graduate committee will assess (Approve/Disapprove) the program of study.
2. Communication between students and the CBS will be facilitated by regular tutorials between students and their faculty mentors.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Following regular tutorial meetings with the student, the faculty mentor will write a report on the student's progress at the end of every semester and, in conjunction with the student, set objectives for the next and subsequent semesters.
Assessment Method
  • Reports will be reviewed each semester by the student, the director of the CBS, the faculty mentor and the director of graduate studies to assess the student's progress (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory), based upon objectives agreed by the student and mentor. Reports will flag potential and existing academic, personal or financial issues.
3. Each student will complete the comprehensive exam composed by the student's graduate committee in order to be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student will schedule and complete the comprehensive exam.
Assessment Method
  • The student's graduate committee will assess (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) the comprehensive exam.
4. Each candidate for the Tutorial Ph.D. must obtain approval of a dissertation prospectus and complete a dissertation which makes a significant scholarly contribution to knowledge.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Each candidate will write a dissertation on the topic approved by the faculty mentor and the student's graduate committee. The student will regularly submit draft chapters to his/her graduate committee for critical comment.
Assessment Method
  • The faculty mentor and the student's graduate committee will assess (Approve/Disapprove) the student's dissertation.
5. Each student will defend his/her dissertation.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Each student will make an oral defense of the written dissertation.
Assessment Method
  • The graduate committee will assess (Approve/Disapprove) the oral defense in order to complete the Doctoral Degree Notice of Completion.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate a minimum level of comprehension skills in the Basque language (Euskara) before graduation.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student will complete a proficiency exam in the Basque language before the comprehensive examination has been scheduled.
Assessment Method
  • The CBS faculty member responsible for teaching Basque language courses at UNR will administer a proficiency exam to all Ph.D. candidates and assess (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) the student's responses.