Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science





















 

Assessment Report, 2013-2014

COST, Environmental Science

Assessment Identifiers


College / School
College of Sciences & Technology

Department
Marine & Environmental Sciences

Program / Major / Certificate
BS Environmental Science

Assessment Coordinator(s)
Sue C. Ebanks

Has there been a change to the Assessment Coordinator(s) since the last assessment plan?
No

Person(s) responsible for writing and/or submitting this report:
Sue C. Ebanks

Program Mission Statement


The mission of the Environmental Science program is to provide a broad-based curriculum and specialization involving integration of information from different disciplines such as natural and social science leading to a degree in environmental sciences. The course work is suited for persons planning to pursue careers in the environmental sciences and related disciplines as well as preparation for advanced study in environmental related disciplines.

Has this mission statement been revised since the last plan?
No

 

PSLOs

Students were evaluated based on whether they exhibited mastery or not for each of the five (5) Student Learning/Service Delivery Outcomes.

1. Students will be able to discuss current issues that relate to ecology and the environment.

2. Students will be able to discuss principles involved in environmental ethics, limnology, environmental chemistry, and ecotoxicology.

3. Students will be able to discuss environmental radiation, pros and cons of environmental radiation, environmental impact assessment, and create an environmental impact statement.

4. Students will be able to explain various waste management techniques including phytoremediation and bioremediation.

5. Students will be able to discuss environmental law, geology, and contaminant hydrology.

 

LINK TO: Assessment Report, 2013-2014 Supporting Documents

 


 

Assessment Results (PSLOs)

 

SSU Strategic Plan Goal

PSLO

Semester

Professor

Courses

Assessment Artifacts and Instruments

Target Levels

Results and Analysis of Results

Actions in Response to Results

Academic Engagement and Achievement

 

1. Students may be able to discuss current issues that relates to ecology and the environment.

Fall 2013

Pride

ENVS 1121K Physical Geology

Grade from Quizzes, homework, or Tests - 2013-14 Assessment Rubric

100% will score ≥ Level 1, 70% will score ≥ Level 2, and 10% will score ≥  Level 3

TARGET 1 MET

100% scored ≥ Level 1, 100% scored ≥ Level 2, and 40% scored ≥ Level 3

OVERALL: TARGET MET
Description of projected use of results from the 2012-2013 academic year that is being addressed in the 2013-2014 academic year:

TARGETS 1 - 3: Target levels were difficult to set for the 2013-14 academic year because of large, highly variable number for the percentage of course participants being non-Environmental Science majors.
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year:

TARGETS 1 - 3: Target met. Methods will be continued.

Ebanks

ENVS 2401 Intro to Environmental Science

TARGET 2 MET

100% scored ≥ Level 1, 94% scored ≥ Level 2, and 88% scored ≥ Level 3

ENVS 3121 Environmental Ethics

100% will score ≥ Level 2, 60% will score ≥ Level 3, and 10% will score ≥ Level 4

TARGET 3 MET

100% scored ≥ Level 2, 100% scored ≥ Level 3, and 33% scored ≥ Level 4

Academic Engagement and Achievement

 

2. Student may be able to discuss principles involved in environmental ethics, limnology, environmental chemistry, and ecotoxicology.

Fall 2013

Ebanks

ENVS 3121 Environmental Ethics

Grade from Quizzes, homework, or Tests - 2013-14 Assessment Rubric

100% will score ≥ Level 2, 60% will score ≥ Level 3, and 10% will score ≥ Level 4

TARGET 1 NOT MET 80% scored ≥ Level 2, 40% scored ≥ Level 3, and 0% scored ≥ Level 4

OVERALL: TARGET NOT MET
Description of projected use of results from the 2012-2013 academic year that is being addressed in the 2013-2014 academic year:
TARGETS 1 - 3:
Target levels were difficult to set for the 2013-14 academic year because of large, highly variable number for the percentage of course participants being non-Environmental Science majors.
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year:
TARGETS 1 - 3: The program will examine the assessment instruments selected to measure this PSLO.

Spring 2014

Kaltenberg

MSCI 4301K Biologic Oceanography

TARGET 2 NOT MET 50% scored ≥ Level 2, 35% scored ≥ Level 3, and 0% scored ≥ Level 4

Fall 2013

Sajwan

ENVS 4202 Principle of Ecotoxicology

100% will score ≥ Level 2, 70% will score ≥ Level 3, and 30% will score ≥ Level 4

TARGET 3 NOT MET 65% scored ≥ Level 2, 45% scored ≥ Level 3, and 0% scored ≥ Level 4

Academic Engagement and Achievement

 

3. Students may be able to discuss environmental radiation, pros and cons of environmental radiation, environmental impact assessment, and environmental impact statement.

TARGET NOT ASSESSED - Relevant courses not offered AY 2013-14

OVERALL: TARGET NOT ASSESSED
Description of projected use of results from the 2012-2013 academic year that is being addressed in the 2013-2014 academic year:
Because of the frequency needed for expedient progression of students through the curriculum grid, courses relevant to PSLO 3 were not offered for the 2013-14 AY.
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: The program will ensure that this PSLO is measured next AY.

Academic Engagement and Achievement

 

4. Students may be able to explain various waste management techniques including phytoremediation and bioremediation.

TARGET NOT ASSESSED - Relevant courses not offered AY 2013-14

OVERALL: TARGET NOT ASSESSED
Description of projected use of results from the 2012-2013 academic year that is being addressed in the 2013-2014 academic year:
Because of the frequency needed for expedient progression of students through the curriculum grid, courses relevant to PSLO 3 were not offered for the 2013-14 AY.
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: The program will ensure that this PSLO is measured next AY.

Academic Engagement and Achievement

 

5. Student may be able to discuss environmental law, geology and contaminant hydrology.

Fall 2013

Pride

ENVS 1121K Physical Geology

Grade from Quizzes, homework, or Tests - 2013-14 Assessment Rubric

100% will score ≥ Level 1, 70% will score ≥ Level 2, and 10% will score ≥ Level 3

TARGET 1 MET

100% scored ≥ Level 1, 80% scored ≥ Level 2, and 60% scored ≥ Level 3

OVERALL: TARGET PARTIALLY MET
Description of projected use of results from the 2012-2013 academic year that is being addressed in the 2013-2014 academic year.
TARGETS 1 - 3:
Target levels were difficult to set for the 2013-14 academic year because of large, highly variable number for the percentage of course participants being non-Environmental Science majors.
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year.
TARGETS 1 - 3: The program will examine the assessment instruments selected to measure this PSLO.

Sajwan

ENVS 4121 Environmental Law

100%will score ≥  Level 2, 70% will score ≥ Level 3, and 30% will score ≥ Level 4

TARGET 2 NOT MET 100% scored ≥ Level 1, 65% scored ≥ Level 2, and 50% scored ≥ Level 3

 

ENVS 4101 Contaminant Hydrology

TARGET 3 NOT MET 100% scored ≥ Level 1, 70% scored ≥ Level 2, and 45% scored ≥ Level 3


 

Assessment Results (POs)

SSU Strategic Plan Goal

PO Goal

Enabling Strategies

Measures

Targets

Results and Analysis of Results

Actions in Response to Results

Academic Engagement and Achievement

 

Increase program visibility

a. Partner with community organizations to host/attend environmentally relevant activities/events

b. Update programmatic promotional materials (content & format)

i.   Number of activities/attendees for Program Student Organization (Environmental Science Club)

ii.  Complete update of programmatic promotional materials

Hold 7 monthly events during the academic year (Sep-April, excl. Dec)

 

TARGET MET

11 major and several minor events were held combined on- and off-campus

 

Initiatives have begun to establish a student-led recycling program, partnering with the City of Savannah

 

Application and award for CSX Restoration project to plant trees in the riparian buffer zone around campus (with Savannah Tree Foundation)

OVERALL: TARGET MET

Description of any changes for improvements which were made during the course of the 2013-2014 academic year: The program has begun to update programmatic promotional materials. Future: Update annually.

Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: Participants repeatedly express appreciation for an anticipation of ENVS-hosted events. The program will plan to maintain or increase event frequency and diversity.

Academic Engagement and Achievement

 

Increase student active learning/ service learning/ co-curricular opportunities

a. Obtain/maintain external funding

b. Add informal learning element opportunities to Student Organization (Environmental Science Club) activities/event

 

i.      Number of non-ENVS majors receiving Earth Science related information through formal or informal pathways

ii.     Number of student research projects/ presentations/ publications

iii.   Number of community partnerships involving engaging students

iv.   Develop survey to distribute to 1st and 2nd year students to determine their interests (graduate school, research, policy, etc.)

Expose 500 non-majors to environ-mental concepts/ issues per annum (ca. 10% of SSU student population)

 

TARGET NOT MET

Viewing ENVS club sign-in lists and headcounts on rosters (Outreach & Visibility file attached), only retained roll for a few of the events, not all of them.

OVERALL: TARGET NOT MET

Description of any changes for improvements which were made during the course of the 2013-2014 academic year: Evaluating sign-in sheets, we quickly realized that that we are not capturing all of the participants and need some post-event feedback to help assess impact

Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: The program will formulate a post event-survey and determine if there is a digital sign-in that can also be used to more completely track number of participants

Academic Engagement and Achievement

 

Facilitate student involvement in professional development opportunities

a. Maintain program email list of current students

b. Establish information distribution protocol (email blast, digital newsletter, RSS feed, FB page, etc.)

Number of students reached with professional development opportunities

Make monthly contact with ENVS-majors

TARGET MET
Formed an email roster, unsure of completeness.

 

Dependent upon accuracy of BANNER for major declaration.

OVERALL: TARGET MET

Description of any changes for improvements which were made during the course of the 2013-2014 academic year: Formed 1st run of email roster.

 

Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: The program needs to determine completeness of list of ENVS-declared majors and considers contacting CAS and compare against list from BANNER.