In 1994 the Missouri General Assembly initiated a required assessment of all college seniors in the state. The Missouri School of Journalism, in consultation with the MU Office of the Provost, implemented an ongoing senior assessment program. One key component has been the feedback of external reviewers who have substantial experience in the areas being evaluated. The professionals conduct one-on-one interviews with students, critique portfolios and evaluate other relevant evidence of student preparedness and readiness. Their summaries are used by faculty groups to help guide various approaches to teaching and learning.
In May 2016 the Missouri School of Journalism re-evaluated its senior assessment program. The updated approach builds on the professional review model with the addition of a survey and an exit exam.
The components of the senior assessment program are as follows:
Student Exit Survey
Each May and December the School conducts a comprehensive exit survey of all graduating seniors. The goal is to determine student attitudes and the degree to which the program emphasizes the values and competencies defined by the School and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The student exit survey is conducted in the two weeks prior to graduation. The survey also provides the School with initial data about graduates’ career placement and destination plans.
Student Exit Exam
Students complete an exit exam to measure student knowledge related to ACEJMC core values and competencies. Students take the 26-question exam in their required capstone courses.
Emphasis Area Reviews
Each emphasis area sets its own learning objectives and a timeline for review of student work during students’ final semester. Emphasis area reviews typically require students to produce a portfolio that encompasses a sampling of their best professional work whether from journalism courses, extra-curricular activities, internships or other work experience. All emphasis area reviews rely on external reviewers and industry professionals to assess student learning and advise on methods for improving the program.
For more information about student assessment, see details in the University of Missouri course catalog.
Updated May 2016