2011 Demonstration of Program Outcomes
MS in Public Safety

Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from 2011 capstone courses.


Evaluates theories of leadership and how those leadership models apply to contemporary public safety organizations.

3% Non-Performance: Does not evaluate theories of leadership or how those leadership models apply to contemporary public safety organizations.

0% Basic: Evaluates theories of leadership within public safety, but does not adopt new, contemporary leadership models within the discipline to apply them to  contemporary public safety organizations.

6% Proficient: Evaluates new, contemporary theories of leadership in public safety and how those leadership models apply to contemporary public safety organizations.

91% Distinguished: Evaluates theories of leadership in and outside public safety and adopts those leadership models, theories, and styles to adapt and apply them to contemporary public safety organizations.

Evaluate how research in public safety impacts policy in the evolution of public safety.

0% Non-Performance: Acknowledges research, but does not evaluate research or how it impacts policy in the evolution of public safety.

2% Basic: Evaluates research in public safety, but does not evaluate how the research impacts policy in the evolution of public safety; recognizes the relevance of the data but not the connection between the research, policy, and evolution of the field.

7% Proficient: Evaluates how research in public safety impacts policy in the evolution of public safety; recognizes the relevance of the data, the connection between research, policy, and evolution of the field, and the importance of using research to advance the discipline.

92% Distinguished: Comprehensively evaluates how research in public safety impacts policy in the evolution of public safety; recognizes the relevance of the data, the interrelationship between research, policy, and evolution of the field, and the importance of using research and policy to advance the discipline.

Think, write and communicate critically and effectively within one's discipline and/or professional practice.

0% Non-Performance: Does not think critically in the discipline and/or professional practice; does not demonstrate the ability to think authentically to evaluate circumstances and does not demonstrate deductive reasoning or problem-solving skills.

2% Basic: Possesses a limited ability to think critically in the discipline and/ or professional practice; demonstrates a limited ability to analyze multiple viewpoints.

11% Proficient: Thinks critically in the discipline and/ or professional practice; demonstrates the ability to analyze multiple viewpoints, compare and contrast classic and contemporary research and practice, and apply it to make informed decisions.

87% Distinguished: Demonstrates abstract critical thinking in the discipline and/or professional practice; demonstrates the ability to analyze multiple viewpoints, synthesize classic and contemporary research and practice, and apply it to evaluate alternative solutions and make informed decisions to advance the discipline.

Synthesize the dynamics for social change and community improvements as influenced by public safety.

0% Non-Performance: Does not analyze the dynamics for social change and community improvements as influenced by public safety; does not demonstrate an understanding of the variables involved in the changing social dynamics of the community.

3% Basic: Analyzes the dynamics for social change and community improvements as influenced by public safety; demonstrates an understanding of the variables involved in the changing social dynamics of the community, but does not synthesize the variables.

16% Proficient: Synthesizes the dynamics for social change and community improvements as influenced by public safety; demonstrates an understanding of the variables involved in the changing social dynamics of the community and how those dynamics interrelate and influence public safety policy.

81% Distinguished: Synthesizes and evaluates the impact of the dynamics for social change and community improvements as influenced by public safety; demonstrates an understanding of the variables involved in the changing social dynamics of the community, how those dynamics interrelate and influence public safety policy, and the potential implications of and responses to changes in public safety policy.

Apply diversity and multicultural perspectives within decision making.

1% Non-Performance: Does not recognize the need for diversity and multicultural perspectives in decision making.

1% Basic: Recognizes the need for diversity and multicultural perspectives within decision making, but does not apply perspectives from different cultures and ethnicities in order to take action or facilitate change.

12% Proficient: Applies diversity and multicultural perspectives within decision making; demonstrates the ability to take action or facilitate change to reflect and support community diversity.

86% Distinguished: Embraces and integrates diversity and multicultural perspectives in decision making; demonstrates the ability to take action or facilitate change to reflect and support community diversity; also demonstrates the ability to evaluate the efficacy of potential actions or changes.

Apply professional and social ethics to make sound and ethical decisions.

2% Non-Performance: Demonstrates egocentric ethics and therefore, does not apply professional or social ethics to make sound and ethical decisions.

1% Basic: Applies professional and social ethics to make decisions that only reflect local professional and ethical standards.

9% Proficient: Applies professional and social ethics to make sound and ethical decisions that reflect local and national standards; challenges established standards, policies, and procedures in the application.

88% Distinguished: Integrates and applies professional and social ethics to make sound and ethical decisions that reflect local and national standards; challenges established standards, policies, and procedures; determines their effectiveness; and recognizes the significance and impact of standards outside the discipline.