The department uses multiple measures to assess outcomes, both in the department’s assessment of students and in its assessment of the program.
Assessment of students is accomplished by using:
• Student performance in courses
• Student course evaluations using the IDEA system (http://www.usu.edu/aaa/evaluations_all.cfm)
• Year-over-year comparisons of a comprehensive assessment exam given to seniors in the Chem 4990 capstone course.
• Course by course assessments conducted by individual instructors: view here
Instructors use a variety of methods to assess learning, in addition to the tests and examinations used to determine student grades. Some instructors use "gain-score" tests administered at the start and the end of the course. These tests consist of questions designed not only to determine how well students have understood the information in the course, but also their ability to apply, analyze, and synthesize that information. In other courses, a comparison of student knowledge to national level is achieved through the use of ACS Standard examinations as the actual final examinations. Some instructors analyze performance on examinations on a question by question basis to identify areas to target for improvement in teaching and learning.
Assessment of the program is accomplished by using:
College of Science Senior Exit Survey: (http://www.usu.edu/science/htm/senior-exit-survey)
Response to Regents review: view here
Degrees awarded (as reported to American Chemical Society) view here
Current positions of recent MS and PhD graduates from the department: (http://www.chem.usu.edu/htm/alumni/alumni)