Each program at GSEP has established a set of indicators for ensuring that graduates of our programs are meeting certain performance standards. The indicators reflect what is commonly expected by higher education in general and the profession specifically. Although GPA is certainly one indicator of performance, it tells only a small part of each student’s academic journey. Higher education best practices encourage the use of multiple indicators of student performance, which typically involve some form of a culminating academic experience such as a field experiences or practica, dissertations or other major research projects, comprehensive examinations, capstone courses and projects, and e-Portfolios.
For this program, the following indicators are considered for assessing performance standards. Additional details for the performance indicators will be provided as you progress through the program.
- Students’ comprehensive exams are assessed with an analytic rubric in which ratings of 3 or above are required to demonstrate have met or exceeded learning outcomes.
- The dissertation committee determines if a student has successfully defended the dissertation.
- Students’ pre- and post-international trip Intercultural Development Inventory scores are compared with an expected level of post-trip development of “minimization,” “acceptance,” or “adaptation.”