Analytical Skills

Assessment Rubrics

A1. Interpret and synthesize information and ideas

Exceeds Expectations

  • Synthesizes information and ideas (i.e., evidence, statements, graphics, and questions) very well
  • Interprets the information and ideas accurately

Meets Expectations

  • Synthesizes information and ideas (i.e., evidence, statements, graphics, and questions) adequately
  • Interprets most of the information and ideas accurately

Fails to Meet Expectations

  • Fails to synthesize information and ideas (i.e., evidence, statements, graphics, and questions)
  • Fails to interpret information and ideas accurately

A2. Analyze and evaluate arguments

Exceeds Expectations

  • Analyzes and evaluates alternative points of view
  • Draws conclusions and examines implications
  • Can provide evidence and/or explain fallacies and inconsistencies
  • Refutes bias, if present

Meets Expectations

  • Identifies or offers alternative points of view, where possible
  • Draws conclusions
  • Accurately recognizes/identifies fallacies and inconsistencies
  • Detects bias, if present

Fails to Meet Expectations

  • Does not recognize alternative points of view
  • Fails to draw conclusions
  • Fails to recognize/identify fallacies and inconsistencies
  • Fails to note bias, if present

A3. Construct an argument in support of a thesis, hypothesis, or  conclusion

Exceeds Expectations

  • The thesis, hypothesis, or conclusion is clearly stated
  • Everything within the argument is directed toward supporting the thesis, hypothesis, or conclusion
  • Argument utilizes a reasonable degree of evidence appropriate to the thesis, hypothesis, or conclusion
  • Argument expresses a thorough understanding of the complexities of an issue
  • Argument anticipates and then effectively responds to likely counterarguments

Meets Expectations

  • The thesis, hypothesis or conclusion of the argument is reasonably clear although there may be some ambiguity about the precise nature of the thesis, hypothesis, or conclusion
  • Most of the argument supports the thesis, hypothesis, or conclusion, but there is some extraneous material
  • Argument is supported with some evidence appropriate to the thesis, hypothesis, or conclusion
  • Argument acknowledges some complexities connected with an issue
  • Argument acknowledges some potential counterarguments then offers at least some indication of potential responses

Fails to Meet Expectations

  • The thesis, hypothesis, or conclusion of the argument shifts and changes as the argument progresses
  • A significant portion of the argument offers no real support for the thesis, hypothesis, or conclusion
  • The argument relies heavily on emotional appeals as opposed to evidence and reasoning
  • The argument oversimplifies a complex issue presenting everything in black and white terms
  • The argument ignores obvious counterarguments

A4. Select and apply methodologies appropriate to a discipline

Exceeds Expectations

  • Selection of Methodologies:
    • The student convincingly justifies the use of multiple methodologies and selects and appropriate methodology for solving problems
  • Application of Methodologies:
    • The selected method is correctly applied and documented (if applicable) with, at most, insignificant errors

Meets Expectations

  • Selection of Methodologies:
    • The method selected is appropriate to the problem
  • Application of Methodologies:
    • The selected method is generally applied correctly with few errors

Fails to Meet Expectations

  • Selection of Methodologies:
    • The method selected is inappropriate to the problem
  • Application of Methodologies:
    • The application of the methodology is incorrect, incomplete, or has key steps omitted

A5. Integrate knowledge and experience to arrive at logical and/or creative solutions

Exceeds Expectations

  • Solution:
    • The proposed solution addresses all aspects of the problem, and the implementation is practical, reasonable, and appropriate to the conventions of the field
  • Knowledge:
    • The student is able to identify and use relevant knowledge (research, lecture, experimentation, class discussion, and/or experience) to arrive at a solution

Meets Expectations

  • Solution:
    • The proposed solution addresses some key aspects of the problem
    • Some thought has been given to implementation strategy
  • Knowledge:
    • The student is able to identify and use basic knowledge (through using research, lecture, experimentation, class discussion, and/or experience) to arrive at a solution

Fails to Meet Expectations

  • Solution:
    • The proposed solution does not solve the problem as stated or the proposed solution is wholly impractical to implement
  • Knowledge:
    • The student is not able to either identify or use relevant knowledge to arrive at a solution

A6. Locate and assess information from printed sources, electronic sources, and observation

Exceeds Expectations

  • Consistently able to differentiate between sources e.g. newspaper vs professional journal
  • Consistently able to differentiate types of information in different sources
  • Consistently evaluates the credibility and reliability of sources
  • Consistently locates appropriate types of sources taht contain desired information

Meets Expectations

  • Generally Knows the differences between types of sources, e.g., newspaper vs. professional journal
  • Generally understands the differences in types of information between each type of source
  • Generally can articulate the credibility or reliability in many sources
  • Generally gathers appropriate information for assignment

Fails to Meet Expectations

  • Frequently unable to know the differences between types of sources
  • Frequently unable to understand the differences in types of information between each type of source
  • Frequently unable to articulate the credibility or reliability in many sources
  • Frequently unable to gather appropriate information for assignment