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General Education Goal Area:Sciences

Goal:  Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of the scientific method.

Objective:   Seventy percent of BIO 110 students will score 70 percent or higher on the scientific method exam given at the end of the semester.

Means of Assessment:   A scientific experiment was described and the students were asked a series of multiple choice questions concerning the steps of the scientific method. The steps of the scientific method were emphasized in the written description of the experiment. This exact tool has been used since assessment of this goal began.

Enrollment:  The Fall 2004 enrollment in all sections of BIO 110 was

TermNumber of SectionsNumber EnrolledCourse and Number

Fall 200419   468BIO 110

Results:  Six sections of BIO 110 – Principles of Biology, a one semester course in general biology for non-majors, were randomly selected for testing. Two sections for testing were located on Central Campus, while three sections were taught at Levine Campus and the sixth section selected was located at Northeast Campus.  A total of 111 students participated in this exam with 58 scoring 70 percent or higher. With only 52 percent of students taking this exam scoring 70 percent or higher, the goal was not met. Notice also not a single student scored 100 percent on the exam. This has never happened prior to Fall 2004.

General Education Goal 2005 – Total = 111 tests - Scoring 70 or higher = 58

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100 - 0

100 - 0

100 - 0

100 - 0

100 - 0

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90 - 2

90 - 1

90 - 1

90 - 0

90 - 0

90 - 1

80 - 5

80 - 6

80 - 2

80 - 5

80 - 2

80 - 2

70 - 6

70 - 5

70 - 3

70 - 9

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Less than 70-7

Less than 70-4

Less than 70-10

Less than 70-6

Less than 70-15

Less than 70-11

Analysis:   These results are extremely disappointing and represent the first failure ever in meeting our general education goal. The biology faculty was consulted about these results and all stated that the scientific method component of their classes had been taught as prescribed by the course syllabus. The veteran faculty stated that their Fall 2004 classes were not abnormal compared to BIO 110 classes of prior semesters. After much discussion the only anomalous event that had was noted about Fall 2004 was resistance to completing the general education exam in two sections.  The resistance encountered was

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