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Third Learning Objective

Graduates will have excellent oral as well as written communication skills.

Assessment Plan:

Students demonstrate knowledge of theory, principles, and methodologies within their area of expertise.

Student write a solid thesis/dissertation that confirms mastery of the field and demonstrates the solution to research problems.

Ph.D students are required to take an oral qualified exam, an oral proposal defense exam, and an oral dissertation defense exam.

Master Plan-A and Plan-B students required to take an oral thesis defense exam.

Students required to author/coauthor articles for high-quality referred conferences and/or journals.

Implementation:

All graduate coursework is graded.

Students provide oral and written presentations that present their research results during defense exams.

Ph.D students are required to have publications (in either refereed conferences or journals) at time of degree completion.

Master plan-A students are expected to have at least one publication at time of degree completion.

Master plan-B students are required to complete a research project and write a report at time of degree completion.

Assessment Criteria:

>3.0 cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale

Major Professors are surveyed after thesis/dissertation defense exams. Graduate Advisory Committees approve/disapprove the exams.

Ph.D students have at least one publication (in either refereed conferences or journals) at time of degree completion.

Master plan-A students have at least one publication at time of degree completion.

Master plan-B students complete a research project and write a report at time of degree completion.

Outcome Data:

100% students met all criteria

Decisions:

No changes necessary