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Program Goals and Outcomes

The Gerontology Program’s assessment plan was developed collaboratively by our full-time and FTE faculty members and alums of the department. The plan is connected to the mission of the college and its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The department works to prepare students for their professional careers and graduate school.

In order to succeed in our student outcome goals, students are strongly encouraged to utilize student support services, including the Learning Center, Career Services, Media Center, and technological support such as through various computer labs. They are made aware of our goals through syllabi and the Gerontology website.

As a result of our assessment retreats (January and May) and feedback from the assessment committee, we have made the necessary modifications to some of our outcomes. We will continue to adapt and revise if needed based on our future assessment activities.

  • Goal

    Mastery of the gerontological theories, which requires that students understand and effectively apply theories on the aging process and interaction to real life circumstances.

  • Outcome

    Students will master the major theoretical schools in Gerontology.

    Students will be able to utilize biopsychosocial Analysis.

     
  • Goal

    Mastery of Social Science Research Methods, intends to train students to be able to identify and define a research question, determine appropriate strategies, implement these strategies, and evaluate their research results.

  • Outcome

    Students will master research methods.

    Students will be able to use SPSS data analysis software.

     
  • Goal

    Professional Competencies, was developed in order to better prepare students for the professional world. This goal consists of developing basic skills necessary for professional presentation for applicants for employment and/or graduate studies.

  • Outcome

    Students will be able to create a professional resume appropriate to their future profession.

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of Gerontological ethical standards.

    Students will be able to perform professionally in an internship setting.

  • Goal

    Strong communication skills are fundamental to the field of Gerontology. Students will learn to communicate in a range of modes and in a culturally competent manner.

  • Outcome

    Students will practice the roles of communication in human interaction via technology and multimedia.

    Students will practice varying techniques of culturally competent communication.