The assessment process begins with the University, College, and Departmental mission statements, and includes the development of program educational objectives and desired student learning outcomes, collection of student data and work samples, preparation of detailed assessment documents, evaluation of the collected data, and a feedback loop that produces continuous improvement.
With a primary focus on teaching, the Department of Computer Science emphasizes high-quality undergraduate instruction. The curriculum is designed to produce students knowledgeable in the applied and theoretical fundamentals of computer science, to train students to effectively apply their educational experiences to solve real-world problems, and to provide excellent preparation of our graduates for leadership in either the computer science profession or in graduate study. Faculty are dedicated to excellence in the classroom, professional development, and the advancement of the profession of computer science through a full range of scholarship activities and service to both the campus and community.
The Program Educational Objectives of the Department of Computer Science are to produce graduates who will:
The Student Outcomes (SOs) for the Computer Science program are a subset of the ABET a-k student characteristics. We choose 6 (a, b, c, d, f and i) of the 11 characteristics to be our Student Outcomes as shown below. Note, our program enables all of the required ABET a-k characteristics, but the characteristics chosen to be our Student Outcomes are the ones that we felt best supported our Program Educational Objectives, and the ones that we assess.
The program enables students to attain, by the time of graduation:
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline.
(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.
(d) An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
(f) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
(i) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
Current annual student enrollment and graduation data is shown in Tables 1 and 2 below:
About Computer Science
Learn about the mission and goals of our Computer Science program.