School of Professional Programs

Mission

The mission of the School of Professional Programs at Marist College is to provide quality-driven adult education, built on a strong liberal arts foundation that will embolden and enhance the ability of professionals to succeed in a global economy. The School of Professional Programs (SPP) carries out this mission by providing working adult students the tools they need to successfully enter/transition and succeed in higher education by providing an accessible, flexible, and high-quality degree program that is relevant to their professional practice. The SPP mission statement aligns with the mission of the college, by focusing on providing students with a strong liberal arts foundation built on the Marist ideals: intellect (disciplinary knowledge, critical thinking), character (value system), and skills (written and oral expression, analysis, synthesis). The School of Professional Program’s ongoing goal is to assess how well the Professional Studies major is meeting the objectives highlighted in the school mission; to provide adult students with a strong liberal arts foundation through their ability to integrate academic disciplines, demonstrate communication competence and develop specialized knowledge. This is accomplished through direct measures of written assignments.

Student Learning Outcomes

SPP/PS-1. Integration of Academic Disciplines: Students will examine and integrate two or more concentrations and demonstrate the ability to think critically, gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing information from their chosen academic discipline.

SPP/PS-2. Communication Competence: Students will be able to demonstrate competence and professionalism in effective oral and written communication.

SPP/PS-3. Specialized Knowledge Development: Students will be able to apply the disciplinary knowledge and skills appropriate for their chosen fields of study.

2019/2020 Assessment Results

**The 2019/2020 school year cycle assessed SLOs 1 and 3.

**The 2020/2021 school year cycle will assess SLO 2.

Graph showing Results from SPP/PS-1 Integration of Academic Disciplines/Synthesize Theory

Figure 1: Results from SPP/PS-1 Integration of Academic Disciplines/Synthesize Theory

Graph showing Results from SPP/PS-3 Specialized Knowledge Development/Identify Formative Theories

Figure 2: Results from SPP/PS-3 Specialized Knowledge Development/Identify Formative Theories

Graph showing Results from SPP/PS-3 Specialized Knowledge Development/Identify Contemporary Issues.

Figure 3: Results from SPP/PS-3 Specialized Knowledge Development/Identify Contemporary Issues.