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B.S. Animal Science - Assessment Plan

B.S. Animal Science - Assessment Plan

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2014-15

Faculty assessed the following Goal - Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Capable of communicating clearly and concisely.
    • Demonstrate effective written communication in AGRI/ANSC.
    • Demonstrate effective verbal communication in AGRI/ANSC.
    • In: AGRI 482 (Agricultural Issues)

 

AGRI 482 is designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills and develop an understanding for current issues facing the agricultural industry.  Students gain an appreciation for the diversity of agriculture and agricultural policies.  Results (86% achieving 75% or better on final writing assignment) appear similar to previous assessment reports on written and oral communication skills of College of Agriculture students.  One change since the last assessment has been the addition of more iterative writing and peer feedback.  The nature of the verbal communication assignment, a digital story, lends itself to the higher percent (100%) of students achieving 75% or better as it allows students to present their topic from behind the lens of a video camera.  The question unanswered is does that change the students' ability to communicate verbally when in face-to-face environments.

 2014-15  B.S. in Animal Science Annual Program Assessment Status Update

 2014-15 B.S. in Animal Science Annual Program Assessment Report

 2015-16

Faculty assessed the following Goals - Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify the appropriate methodologies to solve analytical problems. 
    • Demonstrate the scientific method.
    • Demonstrate quantitative/analytical skills.
    • Knowledge of experimental design
    • In: AGRI 490 (Agricultural Experimental Design)
  • Aware of the complex interrelationships of natural and agricultural systems.
    • Be able to apply ecological principles to the management of agricultural systems.
    • In: AGRI 331 (Agricultural Ecology)
  • Capable of communicating clearly and concisely.
    • Demonstrate effective written communication in AGRI/ANSC.
    • In: AGRI 482 (Agricultural Issues)

 

AGRI 490 is designed to provide an introduction to critical thinking, statistical methods, and scientific writing proficiency for conducting applied agricultural research.  Results appear similar to previous assessment reports of SLO for AGRI 490.  Undergraduate students scored low on the pre-test given at the start of the semester supporting that many are not repeatedly exposed to experimental design early in their academic career. The dramatic increase in test scores of the post-test demonstrated that the majority of the students are effectively absorbing and digesting the information from the lectures and discussions (70.2% achieving 75% or better).  Courses listed as “Introductory and Practice” (see Curriculum Matrix) should be examined to see if these skills could be strengthened before students take AGRI 490.

 

AGRI 331 is designed to provide students in agriculture an understanding of, and appreciation for the unique nature of all land, and ecological functions and processes of ecosystems that exist on this land. There was an 11% increase in scores between the midterm and final on the multiple choice questions regarding key ecological principles.  Results suggest introducing important ecological principles earlier in the course and reinforce them during lab exercises.  

 

AGRI 482 is designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills and develop an understanding for current issues facing the agricultural industry.  Students gain an appreciation for the diversity of agriculture and agricultural policies.  This analysis looked to see if there were differences in students who were required to take 4 WI courses vs. only 2.   Grades were compared in the College wide writing proficiency course (AGRI 482) for each population.  It is assumed that students had completed either 1 WI course or three prior to taking the Capstone WP course.   Mean grades in the capstone course were higher for students taking 2 additional WI course, but not statically significant (p>0.05).  As a result, the College of Agriculture sought and received WI designation for AGRI 490 (Agricultural Experimentation) and ABUS 451 (Agricultural Policy) to promote better writing among its majors.

2015-16 B.S. in Animal Science Annual Program Assessment Status Update

2015-16 B.S. in Animal Science Annual Program Assessment Report

2016-17

 Faculty assessed the following Goal - Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Technically competent in their chosen field of agriculture and able to make sound judgment.
    • Demonstrate basic principles of animal nutrition.
    • In: ANSC 330 (Animal Nutrition)
  • Demonstrate basic principles of reproductive physiology.
    • In: ANSC 340 (Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals)