Criteria for Review 2.3
The institution's expectations for learning and student attainment are clearly reflected in its academic programs and policies. These include the organization and
content of the institution's curricula; admissions and graduate policies; the organization and delivery of advisement; the use of its library and information resources; and (where applicable)
experience in the wider learning environment provided by the campus and/or co-curriculum.
Links to Evidence and Related Topics
Curriculum: Approximately half of the departments share their mission statement or overall learning objectives on their website. The majority of departments list the courses students have to
complete as the expected student attainment. The majority of departments has its required course matrices on line or link their program webpage to the course catalog. Some departments
also have course syllabi on line. Many majors provide curriculum mapping that outlines courses required for graduation and recommended course paths to complete the degree.
- 7 Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate
- Admission and graduation policies:
- The advising office's webpage provides numerous links for students regarding advising.
However, available data regarding the organization and delivery of advising in each department is not easily available or does not exist.
- Evaluation of advising EM 83-14
- Class absences policy EM 96-02
- Faculty evaluation of student work EM 92-18
- For six majors, CIVL, MECH, MECA, EECE, CMPE & CSCI, that are accredited by ABET, certain outcomes regarding student attainment and learning are measured and reflected in course syllabus. However, this data is relatively new and not easily accessible from
all departments. Manufacturing Technology students are now required to take an external exam that provides a clear expectation of student learning and attainment. In addition, Computer
Science students take a major field test administered by the Educational Testing Service. This is a new requirement so the validity and
reliability of the data is good but the current value is only fair. All engineering students are encouraged to take the external Fundamentals of Engineering exam and
students in the Mechanical Engineering department are required to attempt the exam (not pass) prior to graduation. This exam does cover core concepts in the major so it is a reliable and valid
measure. We receive data on the number of students who attempt and pass these exams each year.
- General Education (some General Education courses are in the majors) EM
- Grading System
- Library and information resources:
- The library's web page provides useful guides to its services but again there is no data regarding the university's expectation for the use of the library and its information
- Service Learning
- Special majors EM 01-08
- Study abroad opportunities are available; information and assistance is provided by a full
time Study Abroad Advisor (housed in the School of Graduate, International, and Interdisciplinary Studies)
- Writing Assessment requires high expectations in writing requirements. Documentation would be grades received in the courses and course syllabi EM 99-03
- Admissions policies are clearly spelled out in university
catalog and admissions to graduation policies are outlined in the "A Guide to Graduate Studies Policies, Procedures and Format" handbook.
- Department graduate studies guides detail requirements at the department or program level:
- Department of Religious Studies
- Department of Mathematics and Statistics
- All master's programs have a Graduate Coordinator: some receive assigned time to support their advising duties, some departments have written descriptions of the duties of the Graduate
- The Graduate School provides advisement regarding CSU and campus policies governing graduate education: new graduate student orientation offered every semester; evaluators and admission
coordinators assist students in navigating the various requirements that must be fulfilled for a master's degree to be awarded; A Guide to Graduate Studies is available both in hard copy and on the web.
- Graduate program goals and objectives (examples):
- The library provides a number of services to researchers and collects some data that are of use in
assessing its role in graduate education: book circulation by grad
students (as a corpus), use of inter-library loan by graduate students over a given time
base, use of electronic resources by graduate students can be monitored as an aggregate.
- Practicums or field placements and internships are required, or arranged for those wishing them, by many departments (i.e., Social Work, Journalism, Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies); faculty
supervisors may receive assigned time (in some departments)
- Symposia, lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and other university-wide academic and cultural events take place frequently throughout the academic year and are announced via Campus Announcements, Student Activities Calendar, Chico
Performances, and other venues.
- Most departments have student clubs, some are graduate student
organizations and others are open to both undergraduates and graduate students.
- Faculty grants and contracts provide collaborative research opportunities for graduate students For the period 7/1/04-6/30/05, 109 graduate students were paid on sponsored projects.
For the period 7/1/05-6/11/06, 119 graduate students were paid on sponsored projects.
- Graduate Equity Fellowships offer students from underrepresented and
disadvantaged groups the opportunity of working as a research assistant for a faculty mentor in their discipline.