Academic Catalog

2018-2019

V.Periodic Review of Departments & Programs: A. Department Reports

Topics to be Addressed by the Department Report

  1. What is the Mission Statement of the department or program? What are the learning goals of the department or program?
  2. What are the department’s or program’s contributions to the broader educational mission of the college (e.g., contributions to General Education, core learning outcomes, interdisciplinary programs, high-impact pedagogical practices, academic advising, and engaging diversity)?  What other contributions does the department or program make to the University as a whole?
    1. Does the department or program maintain an up-to-date web presence on MyDenison and Denison.edu?
    2. Does the department or program contribute regularly to Admission’s efforts?
    3. What does the department or program do to stay in touch with alumni?
  3. The major, minor, and/or concentration:
    1. Briefly describe the major, minor, and/or concentration, and explain its organization.
    2. Explain any changes to the major, minor, and/or concentration since the last department review or report.
    3. How do the organization and requirements of the major, minor, and/or concentration compare to departments or programs at comparable colleges or universities?
    4. Are changes to the major, minor, and/or concentration needed? If so, explain.
  4. Student learning:
    1. Summarize the results of your assessment efforts since the last department review or report, including the ways in which the department utilizes assessment outcomes to develop its curriculum and program. Include details of the assessment plan and data in an appendix to this report.
    2. To what extent are the learning goals of the department or program being achieved? Do the results of assessment indicate that changes are needed in the curriculum or pedagogical approaches of the department or program?
    3. Is the department or program adequately serving the needs of non-majors?
    4. What opportunities exist for majors to engage in advanced work (e.g., summer research, senior research)?
    5. How is the department or program preparing its students for post-graduate activities in a diverse and global community?
    6. What learning opportunities are made available to students outside the classroom, and have these been successful?
  5. Department or program and faculty resources:
    1. Is the department or program adequately staffed?
    2. Do the staff and expertise of the department or program reflect the diversity of the discipline?
    3. To what degree has the department kept abreast of developments in the field, and how are they related to the curriculum?
    4. What are the scholarly activities of faculty in the department, and how well are they supported?
    5. How have the members of the department or program remained aware of, and in step with, effective pedagogic practices?
    6. Briefly describe and comment upon the department’s or program’s plan for mentoring faculty.
    7. Are the department’s or program’s physical resources (e.g., office space, student lounge area, classrooms, labs, practice and performance space) adequate?
  6. Data to include with the Department Report:
    1. Enrollments by course and by semester
    2. A list of faculty teaching in the department or program by semester
    3. Numbers of majors and minors by year
    4. Curriculum vitae for faculty in the department or program