2003 English Department External Review Self-Study

Contents of the Self- Study Report

Acknowledgements

Overview: Department of English

Department of English: Program Quality

  1. Quality of the program: Educational outcomes
    Department mission statement and assessment
  2. Evolution of the program
  3. Quality of faculty/staff
    Faculty roster with fields of specialization
    Faculty activities
    Scholarly activity
    Academic life
  4. Effectiveness of departmental decision processes
    Strategic Planning (see online Strategic Planning document)
    Committee structure
  5. Bridge-building to other units in the University and to the community

Department of English: Program Need

  1. Overview
  2. Student career preparation
  3. Program distinctiveness

Department of English: Appropriateness and Contribution of the Program

  1. Fit with institutional mission
  2. Enrollment management
  3. Contribution to students
  4. Contribution to the university
  5. Contribution to the community

Department of English: Cost and Fiscal Management

  1. Adequacy of resources
  2. Cost efficiency of the English Department

Department of English: Future Directions

  1. Changing dimensions of the disciplines
  2. Trends
  3. Department strengths
  4. Future directions

Integral Elements of the English Department:

Part 1 - General Education

General Education
First Year Writing/Composition Program - 191 Assessment
The Write Place: A Report from SCSU's Writing Skills Center

Part 2 - Bachelor of Arts in English

Bachelor of Arts: Program Quality

  1. Educational outcomes: B.A. assessment
  2. Overview of new program design under semesters: the B.A. major and minor emphases
  3. A consortium of fields within English Studies:
    Report from the Creative Writing Program: Program Quality, Program Need, Appropriateness and Contribution, Future Directions
    Report from Literary Studies faculty: Program Quality, Program Need, Appropriateness and Contribution, Future Directions
    Report from the Rhetoric and Applied Writing Program: Program Quality, Program Need, Appropriateness and Contribution, Future Directions

Bachelor of Arts: Program Need, Appropriateness and Contribution of the Program

Bachelor of Arts: Future Directions

Part 3 - Bachelor of Science

English Education: Communication Arts and Literature
Program Quality
Program Need
Appropriateness and Contribution of the Program
Cost and Fiscal Management
Future Directions

Part 4 - Graduate Programs in English

Program Quality
Program Need
Appropriateness and Contribution of the Program
Cost and Fiscal Management
Future Directions

Part 5 - Programs in English as a Second Language

TESL Programs at SCSU: An Overview

TESL Graduate Program
Program quality
Program need
Future directions

TESL Undergraduate Program
Program quality
Program need
Future directions

College ESL Testing and Programming at SCSU
Program quality
Need, appropriateness and contribution of the program
Future directions

The Intensive English Center

TESL Programs

Contributions and Costs of TESL Programming

TESL Appendices (collected in self-study resources)

Self-Study Works Cited

Self-study resources:

  • Bulletin Description, English Department:
    SCSU Undergraduate Bulletin 2002-2004, pp. 96ff; SCSU Graduate Bulletin
    SCSU Undergraduate Bulletin 1995-97 for comparison, changes in program
  • Faculty Curriculum Vitae, as of Fall 2002
  • Syllabus collection, as of Fall 2002 (binder)
  • Assessment of the English B.A., 2000 Assessment Grant, Chris Gordon
  • Assessments folder - Graduate Program, Chris Gordon
  • Reports, Online Assessment Project, Survey of English Majors
    English 490: Graduating English Majors (excluding Teaching License students)
    Fall 2002; Spring 2002; Fall 2001; Spring 2001
    English 300: Students entering the English program
    Fall 2002 (2 sections); Spring 2002; Fall 2001
  • Supplementary Materials (binder)
    Supplementary Assessment Materials from Students
    Faculty Comments from Self-Study
    Additional faculty CVs (paper only)
    Semester Conversion document: Course substitution, Quarters to Semesters
  • Syllabus collection from 1999

Online resources available at 2003 External Review webpage, including NCTE and ADE online
http://stcloudstate.edu/~judydorn/extrev.htm

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities:
Systemwide Strategic Plan: Designing the Future
http://www.mnscu.edu/System/Chancellor/DesignTheFuture.html

Access to Success: Report of the Citizens Advisory Committe
http://www.mnscu.edu/System/Chancellor/CitizensReport.pdf

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