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Section 3.0 - Degree Program Outcomes

Based on the Program's Mission Statement, ten Program Outcomes were developed to achieve the vision and values found in the Mission Statement. These ten Program Outcomes each have two unique ACCE Student Learning Outcome associated with them.

Section 3.1- Course Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes

Table 3: Objective/Direct Assessment Measurements, found in Chapter 3 of the ACCE Self-Evaluation Study lists the 10 Program Outcomes, and their two unique related SLO's. Also, under the SLO's are listed the CSM or TECH Prefixed Courses in which the SLOs are assigned. In each Course Syllabi (Appendix B} are listed the "Course Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes" (SLOs} when appropriate, which the course will cover and also assess. Note that all SLOs will be assigned a Program Outcome. Program Outcomes without an assigned SLO, represent course content above and beyond what is covered in the SLO's.

Section 3.2 - Assessment Tools

Both Program Outcomes with an associated SLO and Program Outcomes without an SLO assigned are evaluated every Fall and Spring semesters in which the course is taught, using both subjective and objective measurements. The results are recorded on the "Construction Science and Management: Instructor's Course Assessment and Improvement Plan" {Appendix D9}. On this form the Instructor tracks both the current semester's results for the objective and subjective measurements for each Course Outcome, Program Outcome, and SLO, along with the historical averages for both. Based on the results, the instructor writes the changes he/she plans to make to continuously improve the course. Seventy percent (70%} or above is considered as the benchmark for successfully achieving the Course Outcomes, Program Outcomes, and SLOs assigned to the course.

Section 3.3 - Evaluation Method

The Program Outcomes and SLOs assigned to the appropriate courses are evaluated using two methods. The first method used is subjective, where the student is asked, "How well do you feel you learned the below listed courses objectives?" (See Appendix D8}. The second evaluation method is objective. Based on the Program Outcomes, Course Outcomes and SLOs, the objective measure used can be exam questions, projects, papers or oral presentations. The result of both the subjective and objective measurements are recorded on the, "Construction Science and Management: Instructor's Course Assessment and Improvement Plan" (Appendix D9). This information is recorded historically and by the current semester. See Section 4.2, for more details on how this information is assessed and improvements made to course based on the assessment. These results are reviewed by the Program Director every three (3) years to monitor the success of the CSM Program in meeting their Program Outcomes and associated SLOs. Should either the subject or objective average falls below the benchmark of 70%, the instructor is to notify the Program Director to develop an implementation plan to correct the deficiency. Also, if the current average falls more than 20% from the Historical Averages, for any semester a meeting is also required with the Director, so appropriate corrective action can be taken.