Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes

We want our students to be able to:

1. Draw upon the source of creativity, and to practice Transcendental Meditation, TM-Sidhis, and advanced programs of Maharishi Vedic Science

2. Develop and enjoy a high quality of life characterized by happiness, vitality, and alertness

3. Articulate and apply fundamental principles of media and communications and of Maharishi Vedic Science in their creative work based on a critical examination of current and historical media

4. Produce a portfolio that demonstrates professional-quality skills in one or more of the following concentrations: writing, video/film-making, creative musical arts, graphic design, Web design, and digital photography

5. Examine any issue or subject in their works, both written and visual, and communicate fluently about the field of media and communications both orally and in writing

6. Develop the confidence, competence and contacts that will allow them to pursue a career in media and communications

7. Express uplifting values nourishing to the media producer, the audience, and the wider culture

8. Create media that enriches the environment and contributes to cultural integrity and world peace

9. Confidently use narrative to create unity and wholeness in a media project

10. Creatively solve problems in order to see a project from idea to completion

11. Work within a team, taking on the various roles required to complete a successful media project — to be a team leader when required, but also to perform well under the supervision of another student

12. Properly cite sources, and understand the practical issues of copyright, trademark and patent law that are relevant to contemporary media producers

13. Learn from and help build a creative community here that can have a significant impact for good in the world

14. Launch new media-based businesses, with the department becoming an incubator for new businesses launched by or with our graduates, in order to provide a shortcut for our graduates to a role of leadership in the world of media and communications, and to increase the size and economic vitality of Maharishi University of Management and the Fairfield community,

Program Assessment Measures

The department measures success in achieving its program objectives primarily by evaluating:

* Capstone projects;
* Internships;
* 400-level classes; and
* Participation in contests and festivals.

The department secondarily considers:

* Closing the Loop faculty reports on each course;
* Student placement after graduation;
* End of Course Student Surveys; and
* Student satisfaction surveys.

The Course by Outcomes Table (below) lays out how each class in the program introduces, develops, or creates mastery in, each program learning outcome.

The department trains students for practical applications of knowledge in a wide range of media and communications fields. In order to gauge its success in teaching these skills, the department evaluates each graduating senior’s capstone project, which the student completes during a month-long course dedicated to the project, or in a course deemed of sufficient advanced nature that the end projects are of the same quality (see graduation requirements).

The capstone project is evaluated using a rubric developed for each subject area (e.g. narrative film, music album, Web site, design project, essay collection).

As many Media and Communications majors complete internships in professional settings, the department listens to the internship providers to see how the students perform in real-world settings.

Other sources that contribute to the assessment include and statements from faculty and students in regular self-reports (Closing the Loop faculty reports on each course, End of Course Student Surveys, student satisfaction surveys).

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