Welcome to the ChemistryDepartment

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AUG
2011
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WELCOME TO THE CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

The overall mission of the Department of Chemistry is to prepare chemistry majors for graduate school, medical school, other professional schools, and industry, thereby increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in these areas. The Department of Chemistry offers a diversity of courses that are structured to educate students who have varied interest and backgrounds in science. The courses range from Introduction to Chemistry, which serves as a university core course, to Instrumental Analysis, which is one of the department's capstone courses. The department is proactive in providing students with the resources and opportunities to enhance their educational training. Those resources and opportunities include the following:

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PROGRAM RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

1. Supplemental Instruction: SI is a program offered through the Dean's Office that focuses on near peer tutoring and after class instruction.

2. Undergraduate Research: Students have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research experiences, on and off campus, during the academic and summer semesters.

3. Technology: The classrooms are equipped with SMART Technologies enabling faculty to use nontraditional teaching techniques to augment the student's learning experience.

4. Small Class Size and One-on-One instruction: The small class sizes provide students with the opportunity to receive individualized instruction.

5. Professional Development Activities: Students have opportunities to participate in Graduate School Workshops; Attendance and presentation of summer research at scientific conferences; Participation in Lincoln University's Annual Research Symposium; Participation in research seminars from off campus researchers.

6. GRE, MCAT, DAT, Preparation: There are resources to pay for students to participate in courses offered by Princeton review and Kaplan in preparation for the respective standardized exam.

This report details the findings resulting from an assessment of the department's program SLOs 1 and 4. The department decided to assess these SLO's based on the findings reported in its 2009-2010 assessment report. Program SLO (PSLO) 1, demonstrate mastery of course content in the five areas of chemistry, was assessed during in the Fall of 2010 and again in the Spring of 2011. PSLO 4, demonstrate mastery in chemistry using oral and verbal and communication skills, was assessed in the Spring of 2011. Combinations of the following direct and indirect measures were used in the assessment of these Program SLOs: exams with embedded questions to address specific SLOs; in-class quizzes and assignments; pre and post test analysis using standardized ACS examinations; rubric scored laboratory experiments, rubric scored reports for presentations and discussions; and Online Web-based Learning (OWL). A complete analysis and the results of the assessment of PSLOs 1 and 4 are presented in this report.

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Plans for the 2011 – 2012 year have been made. These plans include increasing the use of technology and internet-related materials, standardizing the rubrics used in assessment throughout the department, providing additional materials needed in order to master the PSLOs, and increased personal attention.




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