Student Learning Outcomes
The faculty has identified five broad standards of performance, or Student Learning Outcomes, that it prepares students to meet by the time of their graduation.
See a list of course-specific learning outcomes (rubrics) for Journalism
University of Rhode Island Journalism graduates are:
- Capable of entry-level media work in one of the major's areas of emphasis.
This level of professionalism includes the following characteristics:
- the ability to think critically, creatively and independently
- the ability to express oneself clearly, both in writing and orally
- the ability to carry out journalistic research and interviews
- the ability to prepare content for news media outlets
- the ability to meet deadlines
- the ability to competently use technology appropriate to the medium
- Informed about journalistic
ethics and capable of articulating an ethical decision.
professional codes of ethics and can apply them to ethical dilemmas faced
by journalists. Employing personal as well as professional ethics, they are
prepared to make thoughtful decisions from among alternatives and are capable
of defending those decisions.
- Able to explain the importance of journalism in the United States.
Graduates understand the
historical and legal significance of the First Amendment, the traditional
role of journalism as society's watchdog, and the rights and responsibilities
- Conversant about contemporary media issues.
Because the present
cannot be discussed intelligently without an awareness of and appreciation
for the past, implicit in this standard is the graduates' understanding of
their professional roots. They are familiar with the issues now facing journalists
and those likely to face journalists, particularly those being written and
talked about by news media practitioners, users, observers and critics.
- Prepared for a diverse and multi-cultural world and workplace.
Graduates recognize that they live and work in a world characterized by difference and change, and they recognize the challenges these present to themselves and to journalism.
Read through the Outcomes
again, thinking about the courses you are required to take and/or may choose
to take as a Journalism major. Can you see how they tie in with those things
we expect you to know and be able to do when you graduate? Think, too, about
how General Education courses and Electives might fit it. No single course
or experience will get you there, but our intent is that all of your education
will contribute to your ability to demonstrate these outcomes.
Beginning in Fall 1995,
we began formally assessing how well (and how) students achieve these outcomes.
Our primary goal is to involve you in the assessment of your work as a means
of guiding you through the major and making sense of it. It is easy to think
of requirements as hurdles you must clear in order to graduate. Our hope,
however, it that you view Assessment not as a hurdle but as a series
of checkpoints you must pass through so you -- and we -- can feel as confident
as possible about your graduation.