Geography Ph.D. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

Department faculty promote the careful integration of physical, human, cultural, and resource geography. The program emphasizes the geography of arid lands and landscapes, with a focus on inter-mountain environments. The program also allows for a focus on geographic education, proficiency in spatial analysis, and the techniques of geographic information systems. Graduates should be well-prepared for moving into varied career goals, not limited to academic positions.

Program Outcomes

1. Student will maximize their learning experiences by efficiently progressing through the program.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Students develop and submit a program of study for approval by their major adviser during their inaugural year.
  • Students complete all necessary steps to establish their graduate committee.

Assessment Method

  • The assessment coordinator will track students' completion of programs of study. Data will be reviewed by the graduate assessment committee.
  • The assessment coordinator will track students' establishment of graduate committees. This information will be reviewed by the graduate assessment committee.

2. Students will demonstrate an advanced level of scholarly research by completing a dissertation.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Students will make consistent progress toward PhD dissertation.
  • Students complete a successful dissertation in Geography.
  • Students defend & publicly present the results of their dissertation.

Assessment Method

  • The assessment coordinator will track students' dissertation progress. Data will be reviewed by the graduate assessment committee.
  • The assessment coordinator will track students' dissertation completion. Data will be reviewed by the graduate assessment committee.
  • Faculty attending the dissertation defense will assess student presentations.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to conduct advanced-level research in physical, human, or cultural geography.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students complete courses within their approved program of study.
  • Students complete written & oral comprehensive exams.
Assessment Method
  • The assessment coordinator will track students' completion of programs of study. Data will be reviewed by the graduate assessment committee.
  • The assessment coordinator will track students' completion of comprehensive exams. Data will be reviewed by the graduate assessment committee.

2. Students will be able to develop links between their work and educational experiences by teaching classes and/or assisting faculty.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will teach classes, assist faculty or teaching assistants in preparation and presentations.
Assessment Method
  • The assessment committee will assess course, instructor, and/or supervisory evaluations of teaching.