Master Program Assessment Measures
The Department of Construction Management's academic quality plan for its master degree program consists of the components described below. Quality plan is implemented through outcomes assessment and the frequency of evaluation is described by the Assessment Table. Based on the results of the outcomes a course improvement plan is generated annually.
a. Master Degree Program Outcome Assessment
Each year Assessment plans for the master’s degree program are developed. During the year the various outcomes are monitored and data collected on each measure. At the end of the assessment year, actual performance relative to each measure is determined and compared to the planned target. A comprehensive analysis is conducted and a formal Annual Report is developed.
The university requires that the student course evaluations be conducted using a standard format at the end of every semester. The evaluations are completed by the students and results made available to the respective faculty. In addition, the department Chair has access to them and is utilized in annual faculty evaluations.
c. Graduate Student Exit Interviews
During the month prior to graduation, all master's degree students meet with the department Chair or graduate program coordinator to participate in an exit interview utilizing a standard department survey format The results of these interviews are summarized and used by the department Chair in the assessment of the faculty, staff, curriculum, facilities and services utilized by the department.
d. Graduate Alumni Three Year Out Surveys
Three years following graduation all master's degree students are sent a standard department survey format and asked to complete and return it. The results of these interviews are summarized and used by the department Chair in the assessment of the faculty, staff, curriculum, facilities and services utilized by the department.
e. Graduate Alumni Employer Three Year Out Surveys
Three years following graduation all master’s degree students are sent a standard department format and asked to give to their employer to complete and return to the department. The results of these interviews are summarized and used by the department Chair in the assessment of the curriculum utilized by the department.
f. Annual Department Chair Faculty Evaluations
Each year, the faculty set goals relating to teaching, academic achievement and scholarship, professional growth and development, and service during an annual evaluation meeting with the department Chair. At the end of the academic year, the faculty summarizes the performance against the goals. In responding to the specific goals, if not met, the respective faculty must include a plan on how to make needed improvements. During the spring semester (in March), the department Chair meets with each faculty member to review their performance against the goals they set. The annual faculty evaluations include review and discussions of the results of student course evaluations, student exit interviews and alumni survey results. Following the evaluation meetings, the department Chair is required to develop an evaluation report for each faculty and rate their overall performance on a university scale. This report must be provided to the respective faculty and they have 10 business days to make a formal response. The Chair's reports along with a formal responses received are sent to the Dean of the school for review. The Chair then develops a memo/letter to each faculty member sharing the results of his review. The faculty members then must review his comments and if agreed to sign and if not in agreement can submit a rebuttal which is placed in their college personnel file.