The Plants, Soils, and Climate Department is committed to improving our educational programs through assessing the quality of those programs and then using that assessment data to improve them. There are a number of ways in which we assess programs, including exit interviews, employer feedback on internships, course/teacher evaluations, pre- and post-testing, certification examinations, open-door policies to encourage student feedback, and others. We are also committed to improving our assessment efforts and view this as a dynamic process which will undoubtedly change in the future.
Examples of some of the instruments currently used in assessment are as follows:
Undergraduate Exit Interview Questions
What is your home town?
Do you come from an Ag background?
What year did you start at USU?
Did you take any breaks in your program? Why?
Have you attended any other post-secondary schools?
What attracted you to USU?
Were you a full or part-time student?
What is your major?
Of all the courses you took on campus, which were your favorites?
Of all the courses you took in the department, which were your favorites?
Least Favorite Courses
Of all the courses you took on campus, which were your least favorite?
Of all the courses you took in the department, which were your least favorite?
Which courses were your toughest (not necessarily favorite or least favorite)?
Was there a course you would like to have seen offered that was not?
Did we meet your educational expectations?
How do you feel about the advising in the department?
How do you feel about the mentoring in the department?
What did you like best about the department?
What did you like least about the department?
Did you get any financial support from the college or the Department?
Did you work while in school? Where? Full time or part time?
What changes would you suggest that we make in the department?
If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
What are your immediate employment plans?
What are your long term employment goals?
What is the best way to contact you in the future?