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A.S. in Agriculture

Program graduates will demonstrate a sophomore level of expertise in agricultural science that will prepare them for transfer to the university level and demonstrate competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Agriculture graduates will be assessed on their ability to:

1.

apply fundamental agricultural production skills that include laboratory/field techniques, plant-soil-water relationships, and economic factors to analyze and solve problems involving production agriculture,

2.

apply the scientific method to collect, analyze, and report scientific data,

3.

effectively communicate orally and in writing,

4.

critically evaluate crop health conditions and make necessary agricultural recommendations,

5.

use computer technology and the Internet to communicate and obtain information related to their professional needs.

Students will complete an Agriculture Independent Study Course (Capstone, AGR 299) that involves the (1) planting, (2) culture, (3) maintenance, (4) harvesting, and (5) marketing of a vegetable crop.  Students will demonstrate 80% or higher competency in each of the 5 areas listed above. In addition, students will successfully complete the Arizona Certified Crop Advisor’s exam.

During the spring of 2002, three (3) Agricultural Science students successfully completed the AGR 299 Capstone course.  Although all students demonstrated adequate competency in vegetable crop production, each student evaluated required additional faculty input beyond what seemed reasonable.

All three students attempted the Arizona Certified Crop Advisor's Exam.  Two of the three passed the exam.

CHANGES BEING MADE AS A RESULT OF ASSESSMENT:

A much stronger emphasis on independent projects will be emphasized to encourage students to work independently. An independent project involving plant fertility will be introduced in the Introductory Soils course.

A.S. in Biology

To attain the selected competencies for assessment Biology graduates will:

1.

demonstrate knowledge of basic biological principles appropriate to

     sophomore level majors,

    2.   employ basic biological laboratory and/or field techniques.

Students will complete with 70% accuracy embedded exam questions that demonstrate knowledge of key biological principles and an evaluation that demonstrates competency in basic biological laboratory techniques

During Spring 2002, 15 sophomore level biology students were assessed.

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