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Geography, BA/BS (Core Learning Outcomes)

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome A Collaboration (undergraduate)

Work together and share the workload equitably to progress toward shared objectives learned through structured activities that occur over a significant period of time.
Students will:
• Use knowledge of group dynamics to select appropriate roles.
• Use knowledge of group management to create effective plans.
• Successfully follow the group's plan.
• Assess their contribution and the contribution of others.
Objective 22 Students will be able to work collaboratively with partners and form teams to solve real-world problems

Measure 2

2019 Status
Not Yet Achieved
The threshold value has not been achieved for the entire class and there is a significant variability of students' performance ranging from 1 to 4

Outcome D Information Literacy (undergraduate)

Identify, access, evaluate, and synthesize multiple forms of information.
Students will:
• Articulate the specific information needed.
• Access information using appropriate search tools.
• Evaluate the quality, usefulness, and relevance of the information.
• Ethically communicate synthesized information.
Objective 10 Students will be able to evaluate the quality, usefulness, and relevance of geographic information, acquired from various scholarly and non-scholarly sources.

Outcome E Integration (undergraduate)

Synthesize and apply knowledge, experiences, and multiple perspectives to new, complex situations.
Students will:
• Connect academic theories with personal experiences to illuminate both.
• Draw conclusions connecting examples, facts, and/or theories from more than one field of study.
• Generalize skills, abilities, theories, or methodologies for solving problems in new contexts.
Objective 11 Students will demonstrate ability to create a poster or an illustrated oral presentation based on synthesis and analysis of spatial data from several disciplines.

Outcome G Problem Solving (undergraduate)

Design and evaluate strategies to answer open-ended questions.
Students will:
• Construct clear and insightful problem statements that prioritize relevant contextual factors.
• Identify multiple approaches for solving the problem within the given context.
• Design and fully explain solutions that demonstrate comprehension of the problem.
• Evaluate the feasibility of solutions considering the context and impact of potential solutions (e.g., historical, ethical, legal, practical).
Objective 12 Students will be able to write project proposals that demonstrate potential solutions for complex social, environmental or economic development problem.

Outcome M Knowledge of core geographic principles, concepts, models, and phenomena.

Students will demonstrate knowledge of core geographic principles, concepts, models, and phenomena.
Objective 1 Students will demonstrate an understanding of the major biophysical and social patterns in the world, interpret the scale of these patterns, and of the key drivers that give rise to those patterns.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
The majority of student consistently meet or surpasse threashold value (2). Average value is 2.9. Two studnets out of 24 have not meet threashold, possibly due to their irregular participation in the class.

2017 Status
Achieved
Students in each section of GPY100 were evaluated in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Fall 2017 based on combined results from multiple quizzes and exams chosen by the section instructors. Six sections were assessed during the reporting cycle. No data is available for the period prior to Fall 2016 because the program and GPY100 were revised and changed in 2015/16. Both geography majors and general education students were included in the assessment.

Measure 2

2017 Status
Achieved
All students in each section of GPY307 were evaluated based on measure M.1.2 in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Fall 2017. No comparable data is available prior to Fall 2016 because geography major and GPY307 were revised and the new assessment plan was created in 2015/16 based on the new version of the program.

Measure 3

2017 Status
Achieved
M1.3 was used to assess all geography seniors in GPY495 in Winter 2017. The average value was achieved with a class average 3.05 and all but one student reaching the threshold. This is the first assessment cycle since the geography major was revised in 2015/2016 and the new assessment plan was developed to reflect the structural changes in the program and in the capstone course. GPY495 is offered once a year in Winter semester. Therefore, we currently have data from only one section of this course. This assessment will continue annually.

Objective 2 Students will be able to understand, analyze, synthesize, and apply the fundamental mechanisms through which geographic space affects human perception, decision-making, and behavior at local, regional and global scales.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
Assessment of this outcome using M 2.1 was conducted in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, and Fall 2017 in 6 sections of GPY100 taught by three different instructors. Assessment will continue in the next cycle to collect more long-term multi-year data. Note, that because the geography program and many geography courses, including GPY100, were restructured in 2015/16 and the new assessment plan was developed in 2016/17, no comparable data is available prior to Fall 2017.

Measure 2

2017 Status
Achieved
All students were assessed based on measure M2.2 in every section of GPY307 offered in Fall 2016, Winter 2017 and Fall 2017. The threshold value has been achieved in all sections and surpassed. Data show some variability among the sections offered by three different instructors, however, all students in all sections have met the expected thresholds.

Measure 3

2017 Status
Achieved
All students were assessed based on the measure M2.3 in GPY495 (one section) taught in Winter 2017. Currently this is the only data sample available because GPY495 is offered once a year, every Winter semester. Data collected prior to Fall 2016 are not directly comparable with the currently used assessment tool because the geography major and the content of GPY495 were revised and restructured in 2015/16.

Outcome N Mastery of geographic theory, research, and professional communication

Students will demonstrate skills and competencies used to develop, analyze, and apply geographic theory, conduct geographic research, and communicate effectively appropriate for professional audiences.
Objective 3 Students will exhibit the ability to critically analyze geographic problems, ask research questions, understand methods in geography, and conduct research using primary and/or secondary sources.

Measure 2

2017 Status
Achieved
All sections of GPY307 were assessed in Fall 2016, Winter 2017 and Fall 2017. Data prior to Fall 2016 are not available for this measure because the entire geography major and this course were restructured in 2015/16 and the new assessment plan was developed effective Fall 2016.

Measure 3

2017 Status
Achieved
All students were evaluated in one section of GPY495 (capstone) taught in Winter semester 2017. No other data is available during this assessment cycle because GPY495 is offered every Winter semester, one section per year. GPY495 data collected prior to Fall 2016 are not directly comparable with the current assessment because the geography major and GPY495 were restructured in 2015/2016 and the new assessment plan became effective Fall 2016.

Objective 4 Students will interpret, depict and link a variety of spatial data, including that derived from the physical/environmental realms --lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere—as well as data with cultural, social, and other topical themes operating at local to global scales.
Objective 5 .Students will demonstrate effective written, verbal, and computer-graphic communication skills.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Data for this student learning outcome were not assessed in GPY100 in the assessment cycle 2016/17.

Measure 2

2017 Status
Achieved
All students in all (6) sections of GPY307 were evaluated based on measure N 5.2 in Fall 2016, Winter 2017 and Fall 2017.

Measure 3

2017 Status
Achieved
All students in one section of GPY495 taught in Winter 2017 were assessed based on the measure N5.3