The department participates fully in all assessment activities. These include:
Program-level assessment. This involves the development of Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs, listed below), and an ongoing assessment of the extent to which we are meeting our PLOs. This activity is driven by WASC and the forthcoming accreditation.
Every year, the faculty choose one PLO to focus on. At various times, the faculty meet to discuss the ability of our majors to meet our expectations as expressed in one of our PLOs. If we are satisfied in students' abilities, we make no changes to the curriculum. If we feel that students are struggling in a particular area, we discuss ways in which we can improve student understanding and learning. Options may include: offering classes later in the curriculum (so that students are better prepared); moving some parts of the curriculum into a different class; modifying our teaching methods.
Assessment in individual classes. This activity is conducted on an ongoing basis by each faculty member in "their" classes. For example, Professor Bridger is responsible for assement in her undergraduate Dynamics classes (METR 121A, B). Individual faculty members develop Learning Outcomes (LOs) for each class, and these are shown on the greensheets.
General Education Assessment. We offer four General Education (GE) classes: two core GE classes (METR 10 & 12; both "area B"), and two SJSU Studies classes (METR 112 & 113). In addition, we offer METR 100W every year: assessment of this class falls under the aegis of GE Assessment. The campus GE program has LOs associated with each area, and they are posted on the Undergraduate Studies website. We conduct assessment in each of our GE classes at least once per year, discuss the results at faculty meetings, and report our findings to Undergraduate Studies.
Below are links to recent assessment reports.
|10/2012||"Closing the loop" report on Program Learning Outcome #7.|
GE assessment reports:
Below, we will list our Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for each of our programs (BS Meteorology; BS Meteorology concentration in Climate Science; MS Meteorology). We also show how these PLOs "map" into our curriculum, and the timeframe in which we plan to conduct assessment activities.
This page is under discontinuous development.
Alison Bridger, October 2012
San Jose State University Department of Meteorology, Duncan Hall 620
Phone: 408.924.5200 Email: email@example.com