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					                   ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY
                    INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS PLAN
                                2004-2005


                                    Mission Statement

The Environmental Science and Policy program at the University of New Orleans was
instituted in January 2001 and seeks to train persons in the basic principles of business
management, environmental science, and environmental technology. Graduates of the
program will be trained to serve as team leaders who can coordinate both management
and technical personnel to achieve a balanced approach in meeting environmental
regulatory requirements and in seeking solutions to environmental problems which may
arise. The program also contains courses that focus on the societal and ethical aspects
environmental administration and in the development of communication skills to deal
with the concerned public. Rather than being primarily a scientific, engineering, or
business management specialist, graduates will have a sound knowledge of the each of
the various fields and be able to interact with the specialists and to utilize the skills of
the specialists in achieving regulatory compliance, solving environmental problems,
minimizing public and corporate risk, and generally addressing the broad range of
environmental concerns which affect both businesses, governmental agencies, and the
general public.




Approved by: _________________________________ ____________
             Enrique Reyes                         Date
             Coordinator, Program in Environmental
             Science and Policy



Approved by: __________________________________ ____________
             Joe M. King                           Date
             Dean, College of Sciences




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  BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY
                           2004-2005

                                 Goals and Objectives


Goal 1. The program will seek to provide high quality educational experiences for
        undergraduate students.

       Objective 1.1. All students will pass the capstone course with a grade of C or
                      higher, as determined by a faculty committee, prior to graduation.

              Strategy 1.1.1. Students will complete a capstone course (EVSP 4100)
                              where they will demonstrate their proficiency in managing
                              environmental problems.

       Objective 1.2. All students must achieve a positive critical assessment of an oral
                      and written presentation by a faculty committee prior to graduation.

              Strategy 1.2.1. Students will give a formal oral and written presentation of
                              an. environmentally oriented senior project.

              Strategy 1.2.2. Students will meet with a faculty advisor to discuss the
                              presentations.

              Strategy 1.2.3. Students will repeat unsatisfactory performances.

       Objective 1.3. The program will increase enrollment of majors in the Program by
                      five students per year.
              Strategy 1.3.1. Mailings will be made to area high school science teachers
                              announcing the Program.

              Strategy 1.3.2. The current status of the Program will be discussed with the
                              Office of Recruitment.

              Strategy 1.3.3. Program posters will be distributed to all academic
                              departments and colleges.

              Strategy 1.3.4. The Program web site will be updated on a monthly basis.




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       Objective 1.4. On a yearly basis the steering committee for the program will
                      evaluate the currency of curriculum offerings and make needed
                      changes to maintain relevancy.

              Strategy 1.4.1. Development of new courses for the Program will be
                              encouraged.

              Strategy 1.4.2. Relevant new courses in participating departments will be
                             added to appropriate core area in the Program.

              Strategy 1.4.3. Courses in the Program that are no longer offered or no
                               longer relevant will be eliminated from the core areas.

       Objective 1.5. The program coordinator will place senior students in internships
                      each year with industrial, governmental, and environmental
                      organizations that utilize environmental specialists.

              Strategy 1.5.1. The coordinator will network with organizations and
                              firms that are involved in environmental management
                              issues.
              Strategy 1.5.2. The coordinator will work closely with program students
                             and the organizations and firms utilizing the interns and
                             utilize their input in the evaluation of the student's
                             academic grade.

       Assessment Tool(s): Capstone course grades.
                           Report on written and oral presentations.
                           Enrollment figures.
                           Steering Committee Report.
                           Number of internships.

Goal 2. The program will prepare student for employment in environmental
        management positions or for graduate school.

       Objective 2.1. Greater than eighty percent of the graduates will be employed in
                      environmental management positions or continue their graduate
                      work within two years of graduation.

              Strategy 2.1.1. Develop a viable internship program.

              Strategy 2.1.2. The coordinator will network with organizations and
                              firms that are involved in environmental management
                              issues.




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       Objective 2.2. During the first year of employment, 75 percent of those
                      evaluated will be ranked at least "very good" on scale from
                      "poor" to "excellent."

              Strategy 2.2.1. The coordinator will seek the advice of an advisory
                              committee of representatives from potential employers
                              of graduates on the content and direction of the
                              program.

              Strategy 2.2.2. Input will be solicited on a yearly basis from persons
                              associated with a cross-section of firms and
                              organizations utilizing environmental specialists.

       Objective 2.3. During the first year of graduate enrollment 80 percent of those
                      evaluated will be rate their preparation in environmental science
                      and policy areas as at least "very good" on scale from "poor" to
                      "excellent.”

              Strategy 2.3.1. Results of survey discussed at a regular faculty meeting
                              and referred to Undergraduate Affairs Committee for
                              possible action.

              Strategy 2.3.2. Coordinator will meet individually with faculty to
                              discuss specific items in survey related to faculty
                              members.

       Assessment Tool(s): Alumni Survey.
                           Employer Survey.

Goal 3. The program will work with the communities that we serve in order to
        foster the educational development of environmental curricula the
        region.

       Objective 3.1. Work with local schools to enhance their environmental
                      offerings.

              Strategy 3.1.1. Presentations (environmental lectures, career
                              discussions, etc.) will be made K-12 schools in the
                              area each year.

              Strategy 3.1.2. Act as a teacher resource clearing-house to direct
                              teacher's environmental issues to proper university
                              personnel.

       Assessment Tool(s): Number of presentations and inquiries.




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Goal 4. The Program will ensure articulation with environmental programs
        offered by area colleges.

       Objective 4.1. The coordinator will work with an advisory committee
                      consisting of representatives from environmental programs at
                      area colleges to coordinate course offerings between the two-
                      and four-year programs to ensure that transferring students will
                      be able to receive maximum credit for their prior academic work.

              Strategy 4.1.1. Course syllabi of comparable courses will be
                              coordinated between programs.

       Assessment Tool(s): Minutes of Advisory Committee meeting.




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