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									 Fernando Gilbes Santaella
  Assessment Coordinator
UPRM-Department of Geology
 gilbes@cacique.uprm.edu
Some Facts of the Department

               Founded in 1967 by
               Dr. John D. Weaver
               Graduate program
               started in 1995
               It currently has 11
               professors
               With over 100
               undergraduate
               students and around
               20 graduate students
Students graduated in the
Department of Geology during
the last 11 years
                  12
                           Male (=54)
                                                                                                         10
                  10       Female (=54)                                      9                       9
                                             8                       8           8
Num. of Student




                   8                                                                         7
                                                                 6                       6
                   6
                                                                         5                                        5
                           4                     4
                   4
                       3                                 3
                                        22           2                               2                        2
                   2
                               11                            1
                                                                                                 0
                   0
                       1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
                                                                 Year
Geology Department Vision
The Geology Department of the
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
seeks to provide the highest levels of
education through continuous revision
and expansion of our educational,
research, and outreach programs in
order     to    produce    well-trained,
competent, academic and professional
geoscientists capable of responding to
societal needs.
Geology Department Mission
The Geology Department will develop in
each    student,     critical   thinking,
enthusiasm,     initiative    and     the
necessary skills to become lifelong
students of Earth Sciences. Emphasis
will be placed on learning basic
concepts and techniques through
research, in an environment that
promotes     the      development      of
professionals with social, cultural and
humanistic sensibility as well as
profound ethical values.
Geology Student Profile
 Skills and Values
  1.    Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  2.    Team working skills
  3.    Communication skills in Spanish and English
  4.    Computer literacy and its scientific applications
  5.    Knowledge of up-to-date scientific tools and techniques
  6.    Awareness of contemporary scientific issues
  7.    Awareness of ethical implications in science
  8.    Ability to learn by him/herself (lifelong learners)
  9.    Knowledge

 Scientific Concepts
  1.    Paleontology
  2.    Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  3.    Structure &Tectonics
  4.    Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (including volcanology)
  5.    Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology
  6.    Hydrogeology
  7.    Geophysics and Seismology
  8.    Environmental Geology
  9.    Geochemistry
  10.   Engineering Geology
  11.   Mineralogy
  12.   Knowledge of the Geology of Puerto Rico
Assessment of student learning
   As first step, we prepared a
   questionnaire focused on the
   curriculum

Three major areas were evaluated:
  (1) skillsand values
  (2) scientific knowledge
  (3) overall performance

   Recommendation were generated for
   closing the loop of assessment.
The questionnaire was submitted
to 44 junior and senior students
    29 students enrolled in fall 2004
        Geol 4045 (Petrogenesis of Crystalline Rocks)
        Geol 4046 (Sedimentary Env. and Lithogenesis)
        Geol 5026 (Tectonics)


    15 students enrolled in spring 2005
        Geol 4009 (Stratigraphy)
        Geol 4057 (Environmental Geophysics)
        Geol 5006 (Sedimentation)


The average enrollment in the Geology Department is 100
students per semester, which means that the collected data
represented around 29 % in fall 2004 and 15% in spring
2005 of the entire students’ population.
       Effectiveness of the curriculum
       in developing skills and values

                          70        64
                                                                                           Dec 04
Percent (%) of students




                          60
                                                                                           May 05
                          50               47

                          40
                                                30          29
                          30
                               19
                          20
                          10                                     4            5
                                                                                  1    0     0
                           0
                               Excellent    Good            Average           Poor    Deficient
                                                     Level of effectiveness
Effectiveness of the curriculum in
developing scientific knowledge

                          50
                          45                    42                                           Dec 04
Percent (%) of students




                          40               36                                                May 05
                          35
                          30        26                      27
                          25
                          20                                                  16
                          15   11                                12                12
                                                                                         9    8
                          10
                           5
                           0
                               Excellent   Good             Average            Poor     Deficient
                                                     Level of effectiveness
Percent (%) of students that consider as
poor or deficient the effectiveness of the
curriculum in developing the knowledge of
specific fields in the Geology Department
                Field Area             Dec 04   May 05
Paleontology                            26        27
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy           0        13
Structure &Tectonics                    15        20
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology        7        20
Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology     4        13
Hydrogeology                            44        27
Geophysics and Seismology               41        7
Environmental Geology                    11       20
Geochemistry                            63        54
Engineering Geology                     44        13
Mineralogy                               11       20
Geology of Puerto Rico                  37        7
Performance of the Geology
Department according to the
interviewed students
              Criteria                 Dec 04   May 05

         Variety of Courses              C        C

 Laboratory Equipment and Facilities     C        C

              Faculty                    B        B

         Flexible Curriculum             C        B

          Courses Content                B        B

      Research Opportunities             C        B

    OVERALL PERFORMANCE                  C        B
Main Conclusions of the
Curriculum Assessment
 In the last 11 years we have graduated 108
 students, of which 50% have been Hispanic
 females (an underrepresented group in US).
 Our curriculum is strong in developing skills and
 values. But, scientific tools and techniques, and
 ethics must be improved.
 The curriculum is strong in sedimentology,
 stratigraphy, geophysics, seismology,
 geomorphology, and mineralogy. However,
 according to students it is poor or deficient in
 geochemistry.
 The overall performance was graded B+, which
 demonstrate that we are okay, but must improve
 certain areas.
Closing the Assessment Loop
in Geochemistry




                                        IMPROVEMENT
              Hired a geochemistry
 ASSESSMENT




              professor in fall 2005.

              Specific assessment for
              geochemistry topics in
              spring 2006.
 A similar questionnaire with
 geochemistry topics was
 submitted to all faculty and 14
 senior students registered in the
 Caribbean Geology course
    Four main areas were selected with a total
    of 67 topics.
       phase diagrams/phase equilibria (22 topics)
       thermodynamics (9 topics)
       igneous/metamorphic petrology (26 topics)
       stable isotope geochemistry (10 topics)
* The main areas and topics were suggested by the new
geochemistry professor.
Examples of Questionnaire
For Faculty
                                 Thermodynamics
          Topic           Not covered       Briefly mentioned     Covered in detail
Ideal Gas Law
Law’s of Thermodynamics
Equilibrium Constant



For Students
                                 Thermodynamics
                                            Familiar, but don’t
          Topic           Never heard of                           I know this well
                                                  remember
Ideal Gas Law
Law’s of Thermodynamics
Equilibrium Constant
Faculty Results
              120
                          Not covered
                          Briefly mentioned
                          Covered in detailed
              100
                                90                                              90

                                                                                                  79
               80
Percent (%)




                                                     65

               60



               40

                                                          25
                                                                                             20
               20
                           10                   10
                                                                        5   5
                      0                                                                  1
                0
                    Phase diagrams         Thermodynamics         Igneous/Metamorphic   Stable Isotope
                    Phase equilibria                                   Petrology        Geochemistry
                                                               Topics
Students Results
                          70
                               Never hear of
                               Familiar, but don’t remember
                               I know this well
                          60                                  58
                                                                                                      55
                                                                                      52
                          50
Percent of students (%)




                                           44

                          40                                       37
                                      36


                          30                                                     27
                                                                                                 25
                                 20                                                        21              20
                          20


                          10
                                                         6


                           0
                               Phase diagrams         Thermodynamics       Igneous/Metamorphic   Stable Isotope
                               Phase equilibria                                 Petrology        Geochemistry
                                                                        Topics
Percent (%) of students that consider as
poor or deficient the effectiveness of the
Geology curriculum in developing the
geochemistry knowledge
                                                    New professor
                            70
                                      63            in geochemistry
                            60
                                               54
  Percent of Students (%)




                            50


                            40


                            30                             25

                            20


                            10


                             0
                                 Dec 04    May 05      May 06
Final Conclusions/Further Steps
 Additional assessments suggest that our deficiency
 in geochemistry is due to the wrong impression
 produced by lacking a professor in that area.

 Many geochemistry topics are part of current
 courses, but apparently the students do not
 recognize them as part of their scientific knowledge
 in that specific area.

 Since there is not a specific course in geochemistry
 the students think they are not receiving that
 knowledge. A course in geochemistry will be
 offered in spring of 2007.

 Geology Symposium in Geochemistry.
Next Step in Assessment
 Undergraduate Research
   Two semesters vs. one semester
   Time table for proposal, research,
   written report and oral presentation
   Amount of students per professor
   Selected areas of research
   Professors vs. students expectations

 Next semester we will start the
 analyses of the data already collected
 during the last two years.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 Faculty of the Geology Department

 Johannes Schellekens (Department’s Director)

 Wilson Ramirez (member of the assessment
 committee)

 Aaron Cavosie (geochemistry professor)

 “Oficina de Avalúo para el Aprendizaje y
 Mejoramiento Continuo” of the Faculty of Arts and
 Sciences

								
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