Assessment of the Undergraduate Economics Major: A National Survey

32 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2009

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Steven C. Myers

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Richard W. Stratton

University of Akron - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 3, 2009

Abstract

Economics departments are faced with growing demands to document what their graduates have learned upon completion of the undergraduate major. The results of a national survey of economics department chairs in the U.S. reveal that nearly two-thirds of the departments have a formal assessment plan. There is substantial agreement on the most important student learning outcomes which are consistent with the Hansen proficiencies. The most common approaches departments employ to measure learning outcomes are course embedded assessments and senior exit surveys. Undergraduate research appears to be most common in departments not in business schools and without doctoral programs. Finally, over half of the departments have made adjustments to their curriculum based on the results of their own assessment plan.

JEL Classification: A20, A22, A29

Suggested Citation

Myers, Steven C. and Nelson, Michael A. and Stratton, Richard W., Assessment of the Undergraduate Economics Major: A National Survey (April 3, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394240 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1394240

Steven C. Myers (Contact Author)

University of Akron - Department of Economics ( email )

Akron, OH 44325
United States
330-972-7421 (Phone)
330-972-7421 (Fax)

Michael A. Nelson

University of Akron - Department of Economics ( email )

Akron, OH 44325
United States
330-972-7939 (Phone)
330-972-5356 (Fax)

Richard W. Stratton

University of Akron - Department of Economics ( email )

Akron, OH 44325
United States
330-972-7440 (Phone)
330-972-5356 (Fax)

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