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In an effort to assure the efficacy of our instructional model, the MAHG and MASTAHG programs (as well as all other academic programs in the Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences) conduct an annual assessment of learning effectiveness. Assessment is an important process and is required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Ashland's regional accrediting body.

The purpose of the below rubric is to assist us in assessing both the program as a whole by assessing learning gains on an individual basis. Upon admission to the program, a student writes an essay in response to a document-based question. At the end of the program, we use the rubric to evaluate the difference between the entry essay and the student’s final work (thesis, capstone project, or qualifying examination). Taken in aggregate, this helps us assess the effectiveness of the program and our instructors in fulfilling the program's learning objectives. 

Please note that student assessment work will be kept confidential, and that student success in the program is not predicated upon the degree of improvement between the entry essay and final student assessment work (thesis, capstone, or exam). 

MAHG Assessment Rubric (PDF)

Content

High Pass Thorough knowledge of the source (or sources), who produced it, and where, when, and why it was produced; thorough knowledge of the historical and political facts relevant to the source or sources
Pass Detailed but incomplete knowledge of the source (or sources), who produced it, and where, when, and why it was produced; detailed but incomplete knowledge of the historical and political facts relevant to the source or sources
Fail Little or no knowledge of the source (or sources), who produced it, and where, when, and why it was produced; little or no knowledge of the historical and political facts relevant to the source

Analysis

High Pass Thorough identification of arguments, assumptions and relevant facts; thorough assessment of the validity of inferences and deductions; thorough comparison or contrast of arguments in two or more sources
Pass Significant but incomplete identification of arguments, assumptions and relevant facts; significant but incomplete assessment of the validity of inferences and deductions; significant but incomplete comparison or contrast of arguments in two or more sources
Fail Little or no identification of arguments, assumptions and relevant facts; little or no assessment of the validity of inferences and deductions; little or no comparison or contrast of arguments in two or more sources

Interpretation

High Pass Sensitive and sophisticated understanding of the meaning of the source in its historical and political context; appreciation of the complexity or subtlety of the source; thorough understanding of the effect or importance of the source in history
Pass Significant but incomplete understanding of the meaning of the source in its historical and political context; significant but incomplete understanding of the effect or importance of the source (or sources) in history
Fail Little or no understanding of the meaning of the source (or sources) in its historical and political context; little or no understanding of the effect or importance of the source or sources in history