Outcomes Data: Master of Arts/Sciences in American Studies (Folklore Specialization)

We have data for the three assessment points below from Fall 2014 to present. Our hard data only extends back to the semester (Fall 2014) that the new Director of Graduate Studies in English took on the appointment.

A. Coursework

  • ENGL 6700 (Folklore Theory and Methods) and ENGL 6720 (Folklore Fieldwork) are required for all Folklore students.
  • In addition, all Folklore students are required to complete at least three Folklore seminars from a variety of offerings.

B. Thesis proposal and thesis proposal defense (Plan A and Plan B)

C. Thesis and thesis defense (Plan A and Plan B)


A. Student Mastery of Learning Objectives in Folklore Courses


As described in the Assessment Plan portion of this document (see III.A.), students must take at least 30 credits in approved courses in order to earn a Master’s degree in American Studies (Folklore). Below is a table that records the assessment of student performance and mastery of the learning objectives in Folklore courses. Students’ assessment of mastery of the learning objectives is measured by H (high performance/mastery), M (medium performance/mastery), or L (low performance/mastery). Note that 6700 and 6720 are required courses; in addition, students must take at least three other Folklore seminars.

Spring 2021

B. Outcomes: Thesis Proposal Defense
 
As described above in the assessment plan portion of this document, the thesis proposal is a written document produced by the student, revised under the guidance of the thesis advisor, and shared with the entire thesis committee. Students may be required by the advisor and/or entire committee to revise their thesis proposal multiple times before they are allowed to go to oral defense.  The thesis proposal oral defense results in one of four decisions, which is voted on by the entire thesis committee.

Below is a table that records the results of students’ thesis proposal oral defense. Note that students are evaluated in their proposal and proposal defense on learning objectives one, two, and three.

Year of Event

# of students who participated in thesis proposal defense

# of students who passed thesis proposal defense without revision*

*Demonstrates high mastery of L01, L02 and L03

# of students who passed thesis proposal with minor revisions*


*Demonstrates high mastery of both L01, L02, and L03, with minor modifications /corrections necessary

# of students who passed thesis proposal defense with major revisions*

*Demonstrates medium mastery of L01, L02, and/or L03

# of students who failed thesis proposal defense and needed to completely rewrite and re-sit defense*

*Demonstrates low mastery or L01, L02, and/or L03

2019-2020 3

0

3

0 0
2018-2019 4

3

1

 0
2016-2017 3

2

1

0

0

2015-2016 6

1

4

1

0

2014-2015 6 0 4 2 0

C. Outcomes: Thesis Defense

As described above in the “assessment plan” portion of this document, the thesis is a written document produced by the student and revised under the guidance of the thesis advisor and/or thesis committee. The thesis defense is an oral examination of the thesis. The thesis oral defense results in one of four decisions, which is voted on by the entire thesis committee. Note that thesis committee evaluates the thesis and oral defense on learning objectives two and three.

Year of Event

# of students who participated in thesis  defense

# of students who passed thesis  defense without revision*

*Demonstrates high mastery of L01, L02 and L03

# of students who passed thesis with minor revisions*


*Demonstrates high mastery of both L01, L02, and L03, with minor modifications /corrections necessary

# of students who passed thesis  defense with major revisions*

*Demonstrates medium mastery of L01, L02, and/or L03

# of students who failed thesis  defense and needed to completely rewrite and re-sit defense*

*Demonstrates low mastery or L01, L02, and/or L03

2018-2019 1

0

1
2016-2017 4

0

2

2

0

2015-2016 6

2

3

1

0

2014-2015 7 0 6 1 0

Note that all revisions are reviewed by the major thesis advisor and/or the entire committee. Plan A theses are then reviewed for style by the Graduate School.

Fall 2020

Course

Total number of folklore graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6770 McNeill

7

H=8

M= 2

L=1

H=8

M=2

L=1

 

Spring 2019

Course

Total number of folklore graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6720 McNeill

7

H=5

M= 1

L=1

H=5

M=1

L=1

 

Fall 2018

Course

Total number of folklore graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6770
McNeill

14

H=7

M=4

L=3

H=7

M=4

L=3

 

Summer 2017

Course

Total number of folklore graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6750 
Gabbert

3

H=3

M=0

L=0

H=3

M=0

L=0

H=3

M=0

L=0

Spring 2017

Course

Total number of folklore graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6710 Gabbert

7

H=4

M= 2

L=1

H=4

M=2

L=1

H=4

M=2

L=1

ENGL 6770
Thomas
10

H=9

M=1

L=0

H=9

M=1

L=0

H=9

M=1

L=1
ENGL 6760
McNeill
3

H=2

M=1

L=0

H=2

M=1

L=0

H=2

M=1

L=0 

Fall 2016

Course

Total number of folklore graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6700 
Gabbert

4

H=3

M=1

H=3

L=1

H=3

M=1
ENGL 6770 
McNeill
6

H=4

M=2

H=4

M=2

H=4

M=2

Summer 2016

No folklore classes offered this semester

Spring 2016

Course

Total number of graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6720 Gabbert

12

H=6

M=0

L=0

H=6

M=0

L=0

H=0

M=0

L=6
ENGL 6770 Siporin 12 Data not available because of retirement Data not available because of retirement Data not available because of retirement

Fall 2015

Course

Total number of graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6700
McNeill

Data unavailable Data unavailable Data unavailable Data unavailable
ENGL 6740
Siporin
8 Data not available because of retirement Data not available because of retirement Data not available because of retirement
ENGL 6760 Gantt 3 Data not available because of retirement Data not available because of retirement Data not available because of retirement

Summer 2015

Course

Total number of graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6750
(Note that this course—the Library of Congress Field School-- satisfies the 6720 requirement (Gabbert)

8

H=8

M=0

L=0

H=8

M=0

L=0

H=8

M=0

L=0
 

Spring 2015

Course

Total number of graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6770
Thomas

12

H=12

M=0

L=0

H=8

M=4

L=0

H=8

M=4

L=0


 

Fall 2014

Course

Total number of graduate students in course

 

L1:

Acquire knowledge of research tools, methods, and techniques with the aim of applying these in folklore research

L2:

Conduct, present, and defend a body of folklore research undertaken during program

L3:

Make effective oral arguments in professional settings

ENGL 6700
Gabbert

8

H=2

M=4

L=2 

H=2

M=4

L=2

H=2

M=3

L=3

 
ENGL 6770 (crosslisted as ENGL 6480) McNeill Data unavailable Data unavailable Data unavailable Data unavailable