Commitment to Curricular Planning and Assessment as Reflected in Department Websites

18 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2013


Responding to a national study that found social science disciplines as the least likely among the disciplinary clusters studied to identify student learning outcomes and to assess, this study uses a content analysis of department websites to provide greater understanding of how political science departments describe their curricula. The authors evaluated programs for the clarity of student learning outcomes and the intentionality of the curriculum. Two institutional characteristic variables (public status and Carnegie classification) and accreditation region were tested using an ordered logistic regression to evaluate whether they were significantly related to the level of curricular planning and assessment. Results show that 27% of departments systematically identify the student learning outcomes they seek. Ten percent go further to connect the learning outcomes to the curricular structure used to guide achievement of them. The logistic regression supports the existence of relationships between both Carnegie classification and accreditation region and the dependent variable, “curricular planning and assessment.”

Keywords: Assessment, Curricular Planning, Accreditation agencies, Carnegie Classification

Suggested Citation

Young, Candace C., Commitment to Curricular Planning and Assessment as Reflected in Department Websites. APSA 2013 Teaching and Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: or

Candace C. Young (Contact Author)

Truman State University ( email )

100 E. Normal Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
United States

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