Annual Assessment Report
Academic Year: 2016-2017
Department: Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
Program(s): Plant Biotechnology
Assessment reports are to be submitted annually to report assessment activities and results by program. The reports are due every summer with a deadline of September 15th each year. The use of this template is entirely optional. Note: These reports have been required by MSU policy since 2004.
1. What Was Done
Based on our assessment plan we evaluated program learning outcomes 1-4 this year.
- Have the knowledge required to be successful in an area of plant improvement achieved via both basic and advanced techniques.
- Have the laboratory and plant culture skills needed to be able to function successfully in an area of plant improvement.
Be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Be able to design and carry out plant genetic and/or biotechnology experiments and analyze data.
2. What Data Were Collected
- Students ability to complete pre-designed experiments was assessed in weekly lab exercises in which each skill was first taught and demonstrated and then student’s proficiency was assessed.
- Skills were assessed independently for each student by allowing them each to work independently toward each project’s completion.
- Written skills were assessed from final semester term papers and oral skills from end of semester presentations.
- Independent skills were further assessed in independent study projects.
3. What Was Learned
- Most students mastered the required skills by the end of the course. Those that did not would require additional independent study projects.
- Most students successfully complete assigned research projects.
- Most student’s complete college level written reports. Those that do not should be assigned to work with the writing center.
- Students success in independent study projects is highly variable dependent upon their skill and the attentiveness of the faculty sponsor.
4. How We Responded
- Further encourage students to work in lab settings early in their education so they have more experience prior to senior level coursework.
- No changes are needed relative to the list of lab and plant culture skills currently being taught.
- The students are already required to turn in drafts of their papers. Those needing more help will be advised to visit the writing center.