Outcomes Assessment Goals for the Physics Major / Program
The ultimate goal of the physics program is to provide a quality program including support for (1) the physics baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees (in preparation for a variety of graduate or professional degree options); (2) the BSE degree for certification in physics teaching; (3) pre-professional degree programs, especially pre-engineering; (4) the physics emphasis of the physical science MS degree; (5) the allied biological, computer, mathematical, and physical sciences degree programs; or (6) the university-wide general education program.
To that end the following specific goals are directed:
- To provide courses, lecture and laboratory, which are current in content, rigorous, and logically sequenced.
- To provide laboratory opportunities with modern equipment and technologies.
- To provide throughout the physics curriculum computer technology (e.g., computers) for data acquisition and analysis, and problem solving.
- To provide a research opportunity as a capstone for majors.
- To provide a supportive academic climate, including advising and mentoring (in a variety of forms).
Assessment methods include points on the Outcomes Assessment Plan (Undergraduate), particularly:
- Tracking of matriculants on a semester-by-semester basis.
- Portfolios of student work from selected courses and the capstone research for majors.
- Exit questionnaires/surveys and interviews.
- Post-graduate information sources including placement information, alumni surveys, and other sources (e.g., GRE scores, graduate or professional school records, etc.).
- "Miscellaneous Indicators" including insight provided by attending meetings of, or reading publications of, professional organizations, or comparisons with courses and curricula of other institutions.