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Department of Geography
Last updated 6/21/1999

Knowledge and skill goals for this undergraduate degree program are recorded in the most recent CU-Boulder catalog.

In some summaries of assessment activity, goals are referred to by number (e.g., K-2 is knowledge goal 2).

Methods Used:  In 1997-98, the department used both the embedded questions procedure and the evaluation of projects and papers.  For both methods, instructors reported performances on the same scale:  For individual goals, the performances of senior majors in upper-division courses were scored on a 7-point scale, from very poor to superior.

KNOWLEDGE GOAL 1 (K1) PERFORMANCE:  From very poor (1) to superior (7).

Validation:  For each course, at least two faculty members developed the embedded questions or discussed the projects and scored the students' answers. 

Outcomes: 1998-99 Department of Geography Outcomes Assessment, 
Percentages of Senior Majors Scoring on Knowledge and Skills Goals 

Performance Scores

Goals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
K1- Spatial & Human Factors 0.0 0.0 7.6 23.0 30.7 30.7 7.6
K2- Patterns & Characteristics 0.0 0.0 0.0 15.3 15.3 46.1 23.0
K3- Location & Relationships 0.0 0.0 0.0 44.4 0.0 44.4 11.1
K4- Geographic principles 0.0 0.0 0.0 22.2 44.4 11.1 22.2
S1- Geographic Skills 0.0 4.7 0.0 14.2 28.5 23.8 28.5
S2- Writing & Research 12.5 4.1 4.1 16.6 8.3 33.3 20.8
S3- Applied Geography 0.0 5.5 5.5 22.2 16.6 27.7 22.2

Evaluation:  Senior geography majors are generally achieving the goals assessed.   This year's scores appear better than those reported for 1997-98, while departmental grading standards overall remained strict. Improvements were noted especially in the smaller percentages of students scored at the lowest levels of 1, 2, and 3. 

Program Changes:  The Department again offered a Geography Awareness Week program, sponsored a Career Night program, and continued to develop its academic and career advising program for majors--every major is assigned a faculty adviser and all faculty serve as advisors.  The senior honors program continues to increase in size and quality. Minor revisions were made in the Advising Guide for Undergraduates. 

Future Assessment Plans/Changes:  The embedded question method and the evaluation of projects and/or papers will be used again in 1999-00. 

A. David Hill, Professor 
Dept. of Geography, Box 260 
University of Colorado 
Boulder, CO 80309 

303-492-6760 
303-492-7501 FAX 

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Last revision 01/23/03


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