Atmospheric Science Ph.D. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the UNR Atmospheric Sciences (hereafter ATMS) teaching program is to train graduate students in the theoretical, experimental, and technological foundations of meteorology and climatology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry and air quality, and to prepare these scientists to be leaders in the multiple avenues of atmospheric research and education.  The goal of the Ph.D. program in ATMS is to prepare and educate students, resulting in innovative ideas that can advance our understanding and knowledge of the earth-atmosphere system in terms of process studies, modeling, and instrumentation.

Program Outcomes

1. Students will progress in the Ph.D. program after the second semesters following enrollment.

Student Performance Indicators
  • With assistance by the advisor, each student will develop and submit a formal program of study.
  • Each student will form a graduate committee.
Assessment Method
  • Graduate Director will monitor how many students have programs of study and provide statistics.
  • Graduate Director will monitor how many students have committees and provide statistics.

2. Students will complete the comprehensive exam in order to be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Each student will schedule and complete the comprehensive exam.

Assessment Method

  • The student's graduate committee will assess (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) results from the comprehensive exam.

3. Students will write and defend a dissertation which makes a significant scientific contribution in the Atmospheric Sciences.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Each student will write a dissertation on a topic approved by her/his committee.
  • Each student will make an oral defense of her/his dissertation.

Assessment Method

  • The advisor and the graduate committee will assess (Approved/Disapproved) student's dissertation.
  • The advisor and the graduate committee will assess (Approved/Disapproved) student's oral defense of the dissertation.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of theoretical and observational aspects of Atmospheric Sciences.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Academic achievements through exams, seminars, and teaching activities.
Assessment Method
  • Advisor subjectively assesses student's achievements on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.

2. Students will be able to engage with the observational and theoretical aspects of research studies (numerical and graphical analysis of data and modeling results, writing reports, operating and developing instruments, working with models, etc.).

Student Performance Indicators
  • Achievements through student's participation in the observational and theoretical aspects of research studies (numerical and graphical analysis of data and modeling results, writing reports, operating and developing instruments, working with models, etc.).
Assessment Method
  • Advisor subjectively assesses student's achievements on this scale: fully meeting expectations, substantially meeting expectations, substantially failing expectations. Graduate director approves the assessments and compiles the results.

3. Students will be able to demonstrate achievement in communication skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Each student will schedule and complete the comprehensive exam.
Assessment Method
  • The student's graduate committee will assess (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) results from the comprehensive exam.