Geoengineering Ph.D. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Geoengineering Ph.D. program, jointly administered by geological engineering and mining engineering faculty, was granted by the Board of Regents, University and Community College System of Nevada, in 1999. The first Ph.D. degree in this program was conferred in 2000. Since then, an additional degree has been conferred and six students are presently making progress toward degree completion. Our primary goal is to graduate highly competent individuals, competitive for university, government, or industry appointments. These individuals will be recognized as among the best in their fields through successful publication in refereed journals and successful employment at a level commensurate with Ph.D. qualification.

Program Outcomes

1. Geoengineering students will be prepared to be competitive for employment post degree conference.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Ability to secure employment as desired

Assessment Method

  • Faculty evaluation of student success; faculty have the responsibility for mentoring in this regard

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to contribute to state-of-art knowledge in the earth sciences by writing research proposals, presenting at national and international meetings, submitting articles to refereed journal.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Submission of articles to refereed journals; presentations at national and international meetings.
Assessment Method
  • Outcome of peer-review from journals, measuring success against failure; Faculty review of student progress; faculty review of presentations at meetings

2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective self-motivational skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students must demonstrate creative participation in their degree program, particularly in regard to performance in research culminating in a successful defense of dissertation
Assessment Method
  • Faculty evaluation of students? abilities to be creative; faculty have responsibility for mentoring in this regard.

3. Students will be able to demonstrate written and oral communication skills by writing research proposals, conducting research, and teaching.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Completion of research proposal(s), either for practice or with the serious intent to secure research funding.
  • Ratings as a teacher when employed as a TA;Review of mentoring and tutoring activity;Participation in outreach to K-12 education;Oral presentations to groups;quality of writing of research papers and dissertation.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty evaluation of effort through effective mentoring.
  • Faculty evaluation of the student performance metrics.