External Constituents

Although you are not required to use external constituents in your assessment activities, it is often useful and informative to gather the opinions and perspectives of alumni, employers, and other external constituents (e.g. professionals in the field, internship supervisors).  For example, internship or field supervisors frequently complete evaluations at the end of the student's time with their agency.  Alumni perspectives may be gained through focus groups, surveys, phone interviews and other methods.  Utilization of these options to gain external insight into your students and your program can provide you with information that may be useful in your cycle of self-evaluation and self-improvement.

 

 The Annual Progress Report Response item, as it is posed in our online reporting software is: "Are alumni, employers, and other external constituents (e.g. professionals in the field, internship supervisors) involved in the assessment of student learning and/or the curriculum.  for example, internship or field supervisors frequently complete evaluations at the end of the student's time with their agency."

 

Sample responses from UCCS academic departs are indicated below.

 

Clinical Psychology, PhD
Yes, ratings of clinical competence of students are completed by clinical supervisors in the community as part of the assessment plan.  In addition, we include indirect external assessment of our students' research competence in the form of research products that are reviewed and accepted by national conferences and professional journals and books.  Finally practicum supervisors who are not part of the residential faculty provide feedback on student learning and participate in curriculum planning during the annual retreat of staff and faculty associated with the CU Aging Center (the training clinic for this program).
Gerontology, minor

Internship supervisors (external placements) are involved in the assessment of field placement students learning and/or curriculum.  A formal evaluation of Field Placement students' is completed in writing, with oral feedback to the student.  This evaluation form and process will continue to be used to assess Gerontology students at the end of their Field Placement.  The evaluation form is included int he Portfolio which is used to assess Student Learning Outcomes.

Health Care Sciences,BS

The Nutrition Option utilizes an Advisory Board consisting of Dietetic internship Directors, potential employers and internship/practicum site preceptors to aid in assessing student learning and adapting the Nutrition Option curriculum to the needs of the profession.  Students in all options complete and internship or practicum capstone experience during which the internship or practicum supervisors complete an evaluation of the student's performance while at their agency.

Principal Licensure

Principals and administrators complete the mid-point field evaluation and the final field mentor evaluations for students in the Principal Licensure program.  The LRF department field supervisor works closely with the mentors and students to bridge any gaps and provide support for all stakeholders.

 

Updated Summer, 2016