Every undergraduate student that completes their degree in the Auburn University Department of Horticulture shall obtain the following Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Communication: Communicate horticultural information or knowledge effectively in written and oral formats.

  2. Horticultural Knowledge: Comprehend the science and art of horticultural practices.

  3. Networking: Develop skills for networking with horticulture industry professionals and consumers of horticultural products.

  4. Practical Skills: Apply practical skills commonly used for horticultural practices. 

 

Faculty and the departmental Assessment Committee have revised and approved the preceding student learning outcomes to develop a focus for learning throughout all of our classes. This will give students an opportunity to understand the skills and knowledge they will possess upon completing their degree.

Graduate offerings in Horticulture include the M.S., M.Ag. and Ph.D., as well as a graduate certificate in publichorticulture. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research-based and require the completion of a thesis and dissertation,respectively. The M. Ag. does not require a thesis, but does require completion of a library or field study. Through theseprograms, graduate students are trained for a career in teaching, research, business, production, public service orextension.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

 

1.  Specificity of Outcomes

Students graduating with a M.S. or M. Ag. in Horticulture will:

1- Effectively communicate research plans and results to a broad audience in written and oral formats. 2-   Planand conduct scientific research in Horticulture.

3-   Demonstrate effective teaching skills through at least a portion of an undergraduate course in Horticulture.

 

2. Comprehensive Outcomes

The graduate learning outcomes listed above are comprehensive, reflecting the breadth, depth, and scope of ourprogram. The department’s Assessment Committee, in conjunction with the graduate faculty, revised the studentlearning outcomes four years ago after extensive study.

 

3. Communicating Student Learning Outcomes

The faculty reviewed the student learning outcomes prior to the 2016-17 academic year. Learning outcomes areaddressed on an annual basis with faculty and advisors. A web page is currently under construction to publishour student learning outcomes at all academic levels. Our graduate handbook is currently under revision and willcontain the M.S./M.Ag. and Ph.D. level learning outcomes. The departmental Assessment Committee plans toaddress this in each of our faculty teaching retreats.

Graduate offerings in Horticulture include the M.S., M.Ag. and Ph.D., as well as a graduate certificate in publichorticulture. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research-based and require the completion of a thesis and dissertation,respectively. Through these programs, graduate students are trained for a career in teaching, research, business,production, public service or extension.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Specificity of Outcomes:
 
Students graduating with a Ph.D. in Horticulture will:
1- Demonstrate ability to write extramural grant proposals.
2- Independently develop and execute a research program and publish results.
3- Demonstrate professional development and networking skills at regional, national, or internationalmeetings.

 

2. Comprehensive Outcomes

The Ph.D. learning outcomes listed above are comprehensive, reflecting the breadth, depth, and scope of ourprogram. The department’s Assessment Committee, in conjunction with the graduate faculty,

revised the student learning outcomes four years ago after extensive study.

 

3. Communicating Student Learning Outcomes

The faculty reviewed the student learning outcomes prior to the 2016-17 academic year. Leaming outcomes areaddressed on an annual basis with faculty and advisors. A web page is currently under construction to publishour student learning outcomes at all academic levels. Our graduate handbook is currently under revision and willcontain the M.S./M.Ag. and Ph.D. level learning outcomes. The departmental Assessment Committee plans toaddress this in each of our faculty teaching retreats.