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Program: Chemistry                                      Major      X       Minor       X

Program Strengths:
Strategic Plan/Mission
1. The department contributes to the select mission of UWW in offering an extensive range of
    undergraduate programs and degrees as well as in promoting scholarly activity in support of its
2. The program fulfills the University's mission of providing programs in L & S.
3. The department supports the Chancellor's goals to create experiential learning experiences for
4. Program objectives contribute to that part of the unit mission ".... to develop scientific, professional,
    and technological expertise toward the development of the human condition."
5. The program contributes to achieving specific state and societal needs.
6. The program supports several closely related professional and preprofessional programs.
7. The department offers courses fulfilling general education and licensure requirements.

1. The department is very close to attaining program accreditation by the American Chemical Society
   Committee on Professional Training. There will be a site visit next semester.
2. The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS; Chemistry Club) received an
   "honorable mention" from the national office for the past two years. They recently received a $250
   grant from the national office for mounting a science fair next spring.
3. Two students participated in NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate Programs (REU) at the
   University of Tennessee and the University of Kansas, respectively.
4. A research student with B. Han, had her research recognized by the Division of Analytical Chemistry
   of the American Chemical Society with an I. M. Kolthoff Enrichment Award for 2001. This assisted
   in her travel to the ACS National Meeting last spring in San Diego where she presented a paper.

1. Educational objectives are specific and well articulated.
2. A variety of assessment paths provide feedback to the program: national exams specific to subject
    matter, graduate placement exams, oral exams, comprehensive exams, etc.
3. Assessment techniques utilize a combination of internal and external techniques--primarily external
    such as scores on the American Chemistry Society national exams and employer surveys.
4. Students have demonstrated respectable performance on American Chemical Society standardized
    national examinations.
5. An inorganic chemistry course has been added in response to interviews with exiting seniors as well
    as a departmental self-study toward program accreditation.

1. The program supports other professional and pre-professional programs such as physics,
   occupational safety, and pre-medicine.
2. S. Anderson worked closely with L. Urven to propose a 3 + 3 articulation agreement with Palmer
   College of Chiropractic which has been recently implemented.
3. K. Asala has been working with B. Eshelman (Biological Sciences) and D. Goldblum (Geography)
   in the development of the new Environmental Sciences Major.
4. A web page has been established for accessing basic course information in the introductory
   chemistry course.

5. All of the faculty are using computer-based platforms for all or part of lecture delivery and have
   increased an already high level of computer usage in laboratory settings.
6. Computer usage in varying ways such as the Web, Excel macro programs, etc., has been expanded at
   all levels.
7. Physical Chemistry is now offered annually.
8. The program serves not only majors and minors, but also general education students.
9. All faculty have taken a proactive role in advising with mandatory advising sessions required for

1. Strong, consistent enrollment and graduation numbers
2. The number of majors has increased to 48. The number of majors has increased 67% since the last
3. The number of graduates has increased 47% since the last review.
4. Recruitment efforts are being addressed through a plan developed by the department, approved by
   Admissions, and implemented in 1998.
5. Number of minors has increased to 63.

1. The program has met affirmative action goals.
2. A good mix of age, background, experience, and expertise among the faculty provides fresh strength
    and vitality to the program.
3. All of the faculty have the terminal degree (Ph.D.).
4. The faculty have been actively pursuing continuing education through workshops, symposia and
    short courses.
5. S. Anderson is the Coordinator for the Integrated Science Business Major.
6. Faculty are actively engaged in undergraduate research projects on a regular basis.
7. Faculty are active in research and service areas.
8. The faculty have made respectable contributions in scholarly activity.
9. The faculty have been proactive in grant activity with the most notable success in a recent NSF grant
    (82K) secured by H. Traore for a state-of-the-art computational/modeling laboratory.
10. B. Han has been and maintains active involvement with the American Chemical Society Cooperative
    Exams Committee in preparing standardized national exams for introductory chemistry.
11. B. Han was recently approved for a sabbatical in spring 2003 by Chancellor Miller.
12. A number of faculty have served as reviewers for journals, texts and federal grants.
13. Faculty have served as active members and have also chaired positions in College, University and
    System Committees.
14. Faculty load has decreased from 17 to 12.9 contact hours, allowing faculty time for prep and research

Opportunities for Students
1. Students are engaged in experiential learning and given extensive hands-on experience with
2. Undergraduate research under the direction of program faculty is very strong with several students
   annually presenting papers at the National Council of Undergraduate Research meetings as well as
   meetings of the American Chemical Society.
3. Student-driven investigations are being incorporated at an increasing pace in laboratory courses.
4. There is a student Chemistry Club.

1. The program is located close to three large metropolitan areas (Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago)
   allowing the invitation of premier visiting speakers, faculty research collaborations, industry visits,
   and access to specialized research equipment at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.
2. Close proximity to Madison and Milwaukee provides opportunities for faculty to attend seminars or
   use equipment at other universities.

1. H. Kumpaty and S. Anderson regularly serve as judges at the annual Fort Atkinson Science Fair.
2. K. Asala and P. Johns have regularly provided chemical demonstrations to area schools and youth
3. K. Asala has led a very popular Young Scholars Program on Chemistry for aspiring young scientists
   during the last two years.

1. Placement of majors is strong; 95% of graduates have obtained employment as chemists or gone to
    graduate school.
2. Barring any further economic downturns, both the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the ACS
    project that employment of chemists will grow.

1. The department has worked with the Dean and in aggressively securing extramural funds to acquire
   state-of-the-art equipment since the last review.
2. All faculty have contact loads below 15 hours placing the program in a better position to compete
   with peer institutions in recruitment of faculty and allowing more time for faculty/student research
3. New on-line subscriptions (including all ACS journals), available through
   UW-Madison, enhance curricular and research initiatives.
5. On-line searching of Chemical Abstracts through Andersen Library has been sufficient for our
6. The pending Upham renovation will address existing instructional and research shortfalls in space
   and infrastructure.
7. Equipment resources are adequate for the short run.
8. Grant efforts are impressive.

Program Weaknesses:
1. The program does not have a program advisory board.
2. It is not entirely clear how assessment data is being utilized to drive programmatic changes.
3. It does not appear that assessment information is shared with students.
4. Assessment data, pp 7 & 8 provides no context for understanding/valuing its significance

1. Additional staffing expertise is needed in the areas of Biochemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.

1. Efforts to disseminate assessment information about the department seems inadequate, with little
   information directed beyond university community

1. Some instrumentation, such as the NMR, is aging and will need to be replaced in the future.

 Recommended Actions:
1. Revise objectives so that they are stated in terms of what students will know/be able to do.
2. Work to make a clearer link between assessment data and programmatic change. That is, show how
   the analysis of assessment data led to considering and enacting change in the program.
3. Develop a program advisory board and use it in assessment efforts.
4. Investigate and develop ways of sharing assessment information more formally with students.
5. Continue work on development of a departmental web page and an informational/recruitment
6. Continue to pursue American Chemical Society (ACS) accreditation of the program.
7. Continue efforts to recruit and retain faculty with appropriate areas of expertise.

Recommended Result:
       Continuation without qualification.
   X   Continuation subject to minor concerns.
       Continuation subject to annual reports from dean on progress remedying
       deficiencies until noted deficiencies are corrected.
       Withhold recommendation for continuation, place on probation, and require another complete
       audit and review within 1 - 3 years at committee's discretion.
       Withhold recommendation for continuation, place on probation, recommend placing in
       receivership within college, and require another complete audit and review within 1 - 3 years at
       committee's discretion.


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