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					                                                     The University of Texas-Pan American
                                                 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Report
                                                             Semester: Spring 2006
                                                                College: COSE
                                        Degree Program/Major: Master of Science, Major in Computer Science

Expanded Statement of Institutional Purpose
Mission Statement: The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) serves the higher education needs of a rapidly growing, international, multicultural
population in the South Texas Region. The University preserves, transmits and creates knowledge to serve the cultural, civic, and economic advancement
of the region and the state. The University provides students advanced instruction in academic programs offered through innovative delivery systems that
lead to professional certification, and baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Through teaching, research, creative activity and public service,
UTPA prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership roles in the state, nation and world community.

Departmental Mission Statement
The Department of Computer Science is an academic department in School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas-Pan
American within the College of Science and Engineering. The department offers four degrees: BSCS, BS, MS in CS and MS in IT. The department offers
courses leading to teacher certification in computer information systems, service courses to fulfill University College / General Education requirements,
and computer science courses required for degree programs in engineering, science and mathematics. Faculty members conduct research in computer
science, computer science education and interdisciplinary fields, and contribute their professional service to student advising, mentoring, professional
organizations, university activities, industrial interactions and to the community through professional expertise.

The graduate curricula provide advanced and specialized study in the areas of computer science and information technology. The curricula in computer
science provide the student with marketable expertise to enter computing and information technology fields, the skills and education required to adapt to
rapid change characteristic of the fields, and the foundation to pursue graduate study in computer science and information technology.


Student Learning Outcomes          Means of Assessment              Criteria for Success          *Assessment Results*             **Use of Results**
                                                                                                (Use actual data to describe   (What improvements/changes
                                                                                                   annual performance.)                were made?)
Students will demonstrate      1. Students will successfully   1. 100% Student completion     1. 100% of students              1. Curricula continue to be
mastery of the foundational    complete coursework in          of degree requirements         receiving degrees have           reviewed annually. Changes
concepts in computer           each area a), b) and c)                                        completed coursework in          in course curricula are made
science, presented through                                                                    each area a), b) and c), as      each semester by faculty
coursework in a) theoretical                                                                  shown by students’ Degree        members delivering the
computer science, b)                                                                          Plans (Spring 2006, 8 MSCS       course, as detailed in #2.
computer architecture, and                                                                    graduates)
c) design and analysis of
algorithms.                                                                                   Criterion for success was
                                                                                              met.
                              2. b. Students will pass a    2. 90% of students will pass   2. 100% of students                2. Courses and
                              written final comprehensive   the final comprehensive        attempting comprehensive           comprehensive exam
                              exam covering the areas a),   written exam.                  exam passed the exam               elements covering content
                              b), and c).                                                  (Spring 2006, 6).                  areas presented in courses
                                                                                                                              continue to be coordinated.
                              .                                                            Criterion for success was          The comprehensive exam is
                                                                                           met.                               comprised of the several
                                                                                                                              areas listed in the student
                                                                                                                              learning outcomes section.
                                                                                                                              The faculty members who
                                                                                                                              delivered the classes
                                                                                                                              presenting the material, also
                                                                                                                              grade the comprehensive
                                                                                                                              exam, and, so, receive
                                                                                                                              additional feedback about
                                                                                                                              delivery success, used in
                                                                                                                              course revisions.

Students will acquire         Employment after              90% of students will be        It is expected that the 90%        Curricula and delivery
knowledge and skills          graduation                    employed in the field of       employment in field goal           methods continue to be
requisite for employment in                                 study within 1 year of         within 1 year will be              reviewed and revised based
the field of computing.                                     graduation.                    reached. Four of the eight         on and job market needs.
                                                                                           graduates Spring 2006
                                                                                           report that they have job
                                                                                           promises at this point. The
                                                                                           UTPA Placement Office
                                                                                           tracks these graduates
                                                                                           formally. It is anticipated that
                                                                                           the criteria for success will
                                                                                           be met by end of 1 year past
                                                                                           graduation.

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