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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources

FCSC Graduate Assessment

Approved December 2012

The objective of our graduate program is to prepare students to:

  • Be competent in the content area studied
  • Be competent in oral and written communication
  • Be independent and reflective learners
  • Integrate theory, research, and practice

The goal for our graduate assessment for years 2012-2014 is to assess our second objective: competency in oral and written communication. For this assessment, we will complete the following tasks:

  1. Students’ presentations in the required graduate seminars will be evaluated by faculty members attending the seminar using the AAC & U1 oral communication rubric. This will be done at two points in time (in both required seminars). If one of the seminars is outside of the department (as could occur for a student in the Food Science/Human Nutrition Master’s program), the graduate advisor is responsible for ensuring that the oral communication rubric is completed by at least one faculty member.
  2. Students’ one page synopsis of their seminar presentation will be evaluated by faculty members attending the departmental seminar using the AAC & U written communication rubric (using the first and fifth categories of the rubric: context and purpose for writing; control of syntax and mechanics). 
  3. Students’ oral communication proficiency will be evaluated during their thesis/plan B presentation by each student’s M.S. committee members.
  4. Students’ thesis/plan B will be evaluated for written communication proficiency by their major professor using the written communication rubric.
  5. Faculty will be asked to assess graduate student assignments/in class work using the oral and written communication rubrics as appropriate. Faculty are asked to make note of the use of these rubrics on course syllabi.

This assessment program is required for all graduate students including those enrolled in the interdisciplinary Masters’ Degree that is offered in Food Science and Human Nutrition.
The instructor of the FCSC graduate seminar is required to coordinate the use of the first and second stated assessment procedures.

1  The AAC& U rubrics can be accessed at the following website-

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