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Retailing and Consumer Sciences: Undergraduate Programs

Strategic Planning and Curricular Revice

Administered: Annually
Last Administered: Fall 04
Target Population: Graduating Seniors
Feedback from alumni is obtained informally by students who are invited to return to campus as a part of the “Retail Speaker Series” offered through the CRCS and through contacts with the Center. In addition, surveys of graduating seniors are asked questions regarding graduates’ satisfaction (5.0 = Highly Satisfied) with their educational experience including factors such as quality of course work and preparation for career. Between the 1998-99 and 2003-04 academic years, mean satisfaction scores on graduates’ perceptions of the quality of RCSC courses work have ranged from 3.8 to 4.4. During the same time period, students’ perceptions regarding the quality of their career preparation have ranged from mean satisfaction ratings of 4.0 to 4.33.
The RCSC faculty coordinate the undergraduate curriculum, considering faculty strengths, needed students skills and competencies, and input from industry partners. In addition, data is collected via a variety of surveys including surveys administered to incoming RCSC students, senior exit surveys, and internship surveys. Using information from these various sources, the curriculum is evaluated annually by faculty at various meetings including division meetings and annual faculty retreats to assess, modify, and strengthen courses where needed. Input from the Corporate Advisory Board of the CRCS is also incorporated to provide information for future curriculum needs.
Semester course evaluations provide regular student feedback to instructors on course quality and teaching effectiveness. Instructional quality and performance are also reviewed and assessed by the Faculty Development and Review Committee in the School and the School Director.

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