Criminal Justice B.A. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to the creation of philosopher/practitioners: individuals capable of envisioning crime and justice in contexts that engage perspectives from philosophy through science. The educational atmosphere of the department is intended to develop and enhance individual student ability to fashion meaningful personal and program responses to the complex demands placed on criminal justice actors and organizations by constitutional, democratic pluralism. A constant theme of teaching and learning in the department is that 'fixes' should never cause more harm than the condition being addressed. Toward the above, and appreciating that the creation, enforcement, adjudication and correctional aspects of law are inherently moral activities, the department stresses ethical development underpinned by exceptionally strong critical thinking and writing skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to exhibit a sound understanding of the myths of the criminal justice system and demonstrate meaningful knowledge of issues and dilemmas of problem-solving in a pluralistic society.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student papers and presentations from various CRJ courses.
  • Students will complete oral and written responses/group work in upper-division CRJ courses.
  • Students will complete the summative Senior Seminar CRJ 450 or Colloquium CRJ 451.
  • Students will complete the senior exit interview.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty will evaluate student papers and presentations using a faculty approved rubric.
  • Faculty will evaluate students' oral and written work using a faculty approved rubric.
  • The program will track students' success rates in these courses
  • Exit interview data will be reviewed by CJ Assessment Committee.

2. Students will be able to exhibit quantitative and qualitative social science skills that will allow them to meaningfully analyze empirically developed data and engage in program assessment.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will make presentations in Senior Seminar.
  • Students will complete an exit interview and university-wide alumni survey.
  • Students read and critique research articles.
  • Students will develop a research proposal.
  • Student will develop critiques of various examples of assessment programs.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty with evaluate presentation using a faculty approved rubric.
  • Exit interview and alumni survey data will be reviewed by CJ Assessment Committee.
  • Faculty will evaluate student critiques using a faculty approved rubric.
  • Faculty will evaluate the soundness of research proposals.
  • Faculty will evaluate students' ability to apply a variety of analytic techniques.

3. Students will be able to demonstrate sophisticated thinking and writing in critical, programmatic, and evaluative venues and demonstrate the ability to approach knowledge from a variety of epistemological traditions.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will complete oral and written responses/group work in upper-division CRJ courses.
  • Students read and critique research articles.
  • Students complete specific papers and essay items in various classes.
  • Students will complete the senior exit interview.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty will evaluate students' oral and written work using a faculty approved rubric.
  • Faculty will evaluate student critiques using a faculty approved rubric.
  • A sample of papers of program majors will be reviewed by faculty.
  • Exit interview data will be reviewed by CJ Assessment Committee

4. Students will be able to demonstrate a solid grounding in a variety of ethical systems to enhance their ability to conduct themselves as ethical persons in complex and demanding situations.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students complete specific papers and essay items in various classes.
  • Students will complete the summative Senior Seminar CRJ 450.
  • Students will complete a senior exit interview and the university-wide Alumni Survey.
  • Students will self-report their understanding of criminal justice ambiguities of an ethical moral nature.
  • Students will provide responses to hypothetical situations involving ethical-moral decisions.
Assessment Method
  • A sample of papers of program majors will be reviewed by faculty.
  • The program will track students' success rates in this course.
  • Exit interview and alumni survey data will be reviewed by CJ Assessment Committee.
  • Faculty will evaluate student responses to hypothetical situations using a faculty approved rubric.
  • Faculty will evaluate student responses to hypothetical situations using a faculty approved rubric.

5. Students will be able to conduct constant self-reflection as required to be an effective philosopher/practitioner amidst the American diversity in race, ethnicity, gender and class.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will read and analyze materials relating to the treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system.
  • Students will orally explain why disparities and discrimination in the system exist.
  • Students will identify how public policies have shaped the disparate treatment of minority groups.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty will evaluate students oral and written work using a faculty approved rubric.
  • Faculty will evaluate students oral work based on a faculty approved rubric.
  • Faculty will evaluate student critiques using a faculty approved rubric.