Undergraduate Program Assessment
The departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Crop and Soil Sciences began to work together in 2004 to assess how well our students were meeting university and program learning goals. This process was initiated by the upcoming university accreditation, and the need to re-evaluate the learning goals of our three degree programs (Horticulture, Crops, and Soils) and align them with the six newly developed Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate.
We had also recently combined several course offerings to improve the efficiency of course delivery and increase attractiveness of our courses to undergraduate students, further emphasizing the need to begin the process of developing a comprehensive learning assessment model for the two departments. A team of teaching faculty, department chairs, and curriculum committee chairs from both departments was formed. (Note: the Landscape Architecture curriculum was not assessed as part of this plan).
- Develop a list of program learning goals for each of our degree programs.
- Align the program learning outcomes with the Six Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate.
- Identify our assessment needs.
- Develop collective participation by our faculty.
- Inventory existing activities and assignments that can be used for program-level assessment.
- Develop and implement a program level assessment plan.