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Assessment: School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education is to apply the Land Grant University philosophy to teaching & learning, discovery, research, and outreach. The School applies a multidisciplinary systems science approach for the resolution of family, agricultural and applied science matters through the advancement of education, technology transfer, scientific inquiry, and agricultural mechanization.

  • We prepare educators in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and technology and engineering education.
  • We apply research guided practices as we recruit, prepare, and provide instruction for individuals in agricultural, aviation, family and consumer sciences, and technological advancement careers.
  • We serve the people and dispense research-based information as we assist them with family, agricultural and technology issues, literacy, needs, opportunities, and challenges.
  • We value serving all populations, developing the whole person, responding to the needs of the marketplace, and functioning as a part of the total higher education system.

We use proven educational processes which include formal and informal instruction, experiential learning, leadership, and personal development at an under graduate, graduate, and community based level.

The School brings enthusiasm to the mission of Utah State University in supporting student-centered instruction.  We believe in teaching students to be contributing members of their communities and societies.

Undergraduate Assessment

Agricultural Communications and Journalism

Learning Objectives

  1. Possess a high degree of agricultural literacy and an adequate reservoir of skills and knowledge in agricultural subjects to meet the need of the agricultural communication profession.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of skills used in journalism and communication professions.
  3. Explore career opportunities in agricultural communication and journalism.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of trends in agricultural communication and journalism.
  5. Write professional and technical documents.
  6. Gain experiences in leadership styles, program planning, and meeting organization while practicing leadership and communication principles.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the practical understanding of the workings of mass communication principles and practice.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of mass communication in a democratic society.
  9. Think critically and analytically.
  10. Conduct, analyze and report social science research.
  11. Use and evaluate technologies that enhance the communication process.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical, ethical and legal frameworks of mass communication.

Assessment Plan

Communication skills as well as an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of both the mass media and individuals, whether as producers or consumers of information, are essential to mutual understanding and individual freedom in the information age. The agricultural communications and journalism program developments agriculturally literate communication professionals. Program assessment is completed through the following measures.

  • Individual Course Assignments & Examinations
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Student Portfolios
  • Exit Interviews