Continuous improvement of our program with assessment input
Academic Year 2012-2013
Program Outcomes Changes
We have also continued to improve on our Program Outcomes. Changes and effect were noted as follows.
1. In Fall 2012, we found problems in Outcomes B and C in CS 151. In Spring 2013, changes were made to teaching practice and emphasis according to the recommendations in the Fall 2012 report, and results were analyzed and compared.
2. In Spring 2012, we found problems in Outcomes A and J in CS 146. In Spring 2013, changes were made to better assess relevant student outcome according to the recommendations in the Spring 2012 report, and results were analyzed and compared.
Changes in Outcome Performance Indicators and Rubrics
Another change that was implemented was to change the Performance Indicators and Rubrics for assessing Outcomes C and I in CS 157B, for the BSSE program. The previous Performance Indicators were too specific, and tested topics that may not be covered every semester by every instructor. Since CS 157B is a survey course, the topics covered by each instructor can vary widely. The new Performance Indicators and Rubrics are designed to cover data management components and techniques widely applicable to topics chosen by each instructor.
In the assessment of Outcome J in CS 146, Performance Indicator 2 was changed from "Given pseudocode of two algorithms (eg. sort), describe most suitable data structure to use" to "Given pseudocode of two algorithms (eg. sort), analyze which is more efficient." This change was made by consensus among the instructors and Course Coordinator of CS 146, as well as the Assessment Coordinator, who all believe that the original statement was confusing, and the new statement makes much better sense.
Academic Year 2013-2014
1. Strategic planning retreat minutes
Monthly meetings are conducted in the form of retreat and all tenure-tenure-track faculty are required to attend.
Retreat meeting minutes:
a) Sept. 19, 2013 can be viewed here.
b) Oct. 17, 2013 can be viewed here.