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College of Applied & Natural Sciences
Vision
To be a leader among public research universities as an exceptional provider of science-based education and research.
Mission
The mission of the College of Applied and Natural Sciences is to:
1. Provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education; 2. promote critical thinking, analytical reasoning and effective communication; 3. engage in research and disseminate knowledge; and 4. perform service for state, national and global communities.
Themes
Theme 1
Recruit and retain high quality and diverse students, faculty and staff.
Primary Strategy 1.1
Recruit and retain high quality and diverse undergraduate students.
Primary Strategy 1.2
Recruit and retain high quality and diverse graduate students.
Primary Strategy 1.3
Recruit, develop, and retain high quality and diverse faculty and staff.
Theme 2
Provide an exceptional educational experience.
Primary Strategy 2.1
Explore honors program in ANS.
Primary Strategy 2.2
Enhance interdisciplinary, experiential learning, field study and international experiences, and student involvement in college events and organizations and community activities.
Primary Strategy 2.3
Expand and support distance education opportunities.
Primary Strategy 2.4
Expand and reward innovative teaching.
Theme 3
Enhance and expand research and scholarly activity.
Implementing Strategy 3.1
Increase research and scholarly activities.
Implementing Strategy 3.2
Expand undergraduate research experiences.
Theme 4
Enhance opportunities with external stakeholders and alumni.
Implementing Strategy 4.1
Increase solicitation of alumni support and involvement.
Implementing Strategy 4.2
Foster stronger relationships and dialogue with stakeholders.
College Programs
Department of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural Business
Includes concentrations in Business; Crop Science and Management; and Landscape and Turf Management. The goal of the Agricultural Business (BS) degree program is to provide a base of knowledge, training, and experiential learning that supports career opportunities requiring fundamental knowledge in both agriculture and business. The program strives to enhance the economic viability and sustainability of agriculture in the state, national, and global communities.
Animal Science
Includes concentrations in Dairy; Equine; General Animal Science; Livestock Production; and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. The goal of the Animal Science (BS) degree program is to provide instruction and practical experience in livestock evaluation, genetics, reproduction, and nutrition and the marketing and management of livestock and related products. Students are prepared for career opportunities in animal agriculture and/or veterinary medicine.
Program Objectives
BS, Agricultural Business
1. Students will possess knowledge and skills with respect to current agribusiness-related technology (Global Positioning Systems [GPS]and business software). Measures: (a) 90% of student research projects in AGBU 402, Farm and Agribusiness Management, will be rated as good or excellent by a team of three faculty members. (b) 100% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree on a senior exit survey that they can effectively utilize GPS and business-related software in agriculture applications. 2. Students will possess basic knowledge of production agriculture and environmental stewardship. Measures: (a) 90% of students will score satisfactory on questions and problems on a senior exit exam related to basic animal and plant production agriculture and environmental stewardship. This exam will be administered by faculty representing Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Plant Science, and Environmental Science. (b) 100% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree on a senior exit survey that they possess a basic knowledge of production agriculture and environmental stewardship. 3. Students will possess knowledge of global agricultural markets and related business functions at the production and value-added levels. Measures: (a) 90% of students will score satisfactory on questions and problems on a senior exit exam related to global production agriculture, global agricultural policies, and international trade agreements. The questions and problems will be developed and evaluated by three faculty members. (b) 100% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree on senior exit survey that they possess basic knowledge of global agriculture and related policies, including international trade agreements.
BS, Animal Science
1. Students will possess knowledge of terminology, normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, and behavior of domestic animals. Measures: (a) 90% of students will score satisfactory on questions and problems on a senior exit exam related to basic terminology, normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, and behavior of domestic animals. This exam will be administered and evaluated by at least four Animal Science faculty members. (b) 95% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree on a senior exit survey that they possess a basic knowledge of terminology, normal and abnormal anatomy, physiology, and behavior of domestic animals. 2. Students will possess basic knowledge of current Animal Science-related technology (animal identification, reproductive techniques, and DNA typing). Measures: (a) 90% of students will score satisfactory on questions and problems on a senior exit exam related to basic knowledge of current Animal-Science related technology. This exam will be administered and evaluated by at least four Animal Science faculty members. (b) 95% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree on a senior exit survey that they possess a basic knowledge of current Animal Science-related technology. 3. Students will possess knowledge of current practices of domestic animal production in relation to genetics, animal welfare and public health. Measures: (a) 90% of students will score satisfactory on questions and problems on a senior exit exam related to basic knowledge of current practices of domestic animal production in relation to genetics, animal welfare, and public health. This exam will be administered and evaluated by at least four Animal Science faculty members. (b) 95% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree on a senior exit survey that they possess a basic knowledge of current practices of domestic animal production in relation to genetics, animal welfare and public health.
Department of Health Information Management
Health Information Administration
Health Information Management
Health Information Technology
Program Objectives
BA - HIT
Division of Nursing
Nursing
The specific purpose of the Division of Nursing at Louisiana Tech University is to prepare graduates, with an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree, to function as beginning practitioners of nursing, thus affording unique benefits in meeting the health care needs of the community. The graduates will also, upon completion of the prescribed program, be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) required for registered nurse licensure to practice nursing.
Program Objectives
AS, Nursing
1. The percentage of Louisiana Tech University Division of Nursing graduates passing the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt will be equal to or above the state and national pass rate (state expected rate 80%). Measures: (a) ATI Testing (standardized testing from admission to exit); (b) Comprehensive NCLEX-style exams in nursing courses. 2. Following graduation, 90% of the Division of Nursing graduates desiring employment will be employed full time within two months of graduation. Measures: (a) Senior exit interviews; (b) Graduate follow-up at 6 months. 3. Eighty percent of the returned employer surveys will rate graduates of the Louisiana Tech University Division of Nursing as having a satisfactory performance evaluation after 6 months and 18 months of employment. Measures: (a) Graduate follow-up at 6 and 18 months; (b) Employer survey at 6 and 18 months. 4. Seventy-five percent of students admitted to the Division of Nursing will graduate from the program within two years from the date of entry. Measures: (a) ATI Testing (standardized testing from admission to exit); (b) Faculty counseling for students at risk. 5. The annual retention rate for students admitted to the Division of Nursing will be no less than 80%. Measures: (a) Formative standardized testing (ATI) for all students; (b) Individualized remediation for high risk students (identified by established benchmarks on standardized testing).
School of Biological Sciences
Biology
Includes concentrations in Applied Biology; and Biological Sciences
Biology
Environmental Science
Interdisciplinary program
Medical Technology
Molecular Sciences & Nanotechnology
Interdisciplinary program
School of Forestry
Forestry
Geographic Information Science
Interdisciplinary program
Wildlife Conservation
School of Human Ecology
Dietetic Internship
Non-degree program
Family & Consumer Sciences
Family & Consumer Sciences Education
The goal of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program is to equip students to improve the quality of life for individuals and families by meeting the educational and life skill needs of young people and adults through education, research and service in the areas of family and consumer sciences. Students who successfully complete the program meet the teacher certification requirements mandated by the Louisiana Department of Education and are certified to teach grades 6-12.
Family and Child Studies
Includes concentrations in Applied Child Development; Child Life; and Family Science
Merchandising & Consumer Studies
The goal of the undergraduate program in merchandising and consumer studies is to prepare students to improve the quality of life for individuals, families,and communities in a consumer environment through education, research, and service in the areas of merchandising and consumer studies.
Nutrition & Dietetics
The goal of the didactic program in dietetics is to prepare students to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and consumers through education, research, and service in the areas of nutrition and food systems. The DPD is developmentally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetic Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association. Students who successfully complete the DPD receive a CADE verification statement, acknowledging completion of foundation knowledge and skills, necessary to be eligible to enter a dietetic internship.
Nutrition & Dietetics
Program Objectives
BS, Family & Child Studies
1. Family and Child Studies students will be able to understand and apply theories of human development (i.e., Bronfenbrenner, Erikson, Piaget). Measures: (a) 90% of students will receive a rating of satisfactory and 80% will receive a rating of good or excellent on theory-application homework questions in HEC 477 as rated by two faculty members;(b) On the exit survey, 95% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability to demonstrate knowledge of human development theory in their interactions with children. 2. Family and child studies students will be able to understand and apply family theories. Measures: (a) 90% of students will receive a rating of satisfactory and 80% will receive a rating of good or excellent on theory-application homework questions in HEC 477 as rated by two faculty members; (b) On the exit survey, 95% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability to demonstrate knowledge of family theory in their interactions with children and families. 3. Family and Child Studies students will be able to use effective interpersonal skills when working with children and families. Measures: (a) 90% of students will receive a rating of satisfactory and 80% will receive a rating of good or excellent on effective communication from site supervisors in HEC 477; (b) On the exit survey, 95% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability to communicate effectively in their profession. 4. Family and Child Studies students will be able to search, analyze, and synthesize relevant empirical literature. Measures: (a) On the exit survey, 95% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree that they are confident in their knowledge of research methods; (b) 90% of students will receive a rating of satisfactory and 80% will receive a rating of good or excellent on research projects in FCS 395 as rated by a panel of faculty members.
BS, Family & Consumer Sciences E
Upon completion of the FCS Education degree program, the teacher candidate/student will be able to: 1. Demonstrate skill in the principles associated with learning and teaching, such as understanding learning theories and development; working with diverse learners; using a variety of instructional strategies; making appropriate instructional plans; and creating a positive learning environment. Measures: (a) On the Graduating Senior Exit Survey, 100% of students will agree and 75% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability to demonstrate a variety of teaching strategies and educational methodologies to meet students' individual learning needs; (b) On the Graduating Senior Exit Survey, 100% of students will agree and 75% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability to manage a classroom to direct student behavior and to create a positive learning environment; (c) At least 75% of the students taking the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (6-12 Grades) Exam will pass on the first attempt. At least 50% will score at or above the average performance range on the "students as learners" and "instruction and assessment" categories; (d) 100% of the student unit plans completed in HEC 405, Family and Consumer Sciences Methods, will be rated as satisfactory, and 80% will be rated as good or excellent by a team of at least three certified FCS teachers. 2. Demonstrate mastery of Family and Consumer Sciences subject matter and critical concepts. Measures: (a) On the Graduating Senior Exit Survey, 100% of students will agree and 75% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability and knowledge base related to competencies in six content areas; (b) At least 75% of the students taking the Praxis Family and Consumer Sciences specialty exam will pass on the first attempt. At least 50% will score at or above the average performance range on the seven subject matter categories; (c) 100% of the students completing Standard 1(Subject Matter) of the professional portfolio in HEC 415, Clinical Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences, will receive a rating of satisfactory, and 75% will receive a rating of good or excellent by a three member panel. 3. Utilize effective verbal, non-verbal and media communication techniques. Measures: (a) On the Graduating Senior Exit Survey, 100% of students will agree and 75% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability to select and use appropriate technology, media and resources in the family and consumer sciences classroom; (b) On the Graduating Senior Exit Survey, 100% of students will agree and 75% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability to utilize effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques with peers, learners, parents, and other professionals; (c) 100% of the students completing Standard 6 (Communication) of the professional portfolio in HEC 415, Clinical Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences, will receive a rating of satisfactory, and 75% will receive a rating of good or excellent by a three member panel; (d)100% of students will receive a mean rating of 7/10 and 80% will receive a rating of 9/10 on individual media boards in HEC 405, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Methods, evaluated by fellow students and faculty.
BS, Merchandising & Consumer Stu
1. Students who complete the Merchandising and Consumer Studies program will demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the content area. Measures: (a) On the Graduating Senior Exit Survey, 100% of students will agree and 75% will strongly agree that they are confident in their ability and knowledge base to perform each program competency; (b) On the MCS course evaluations, 85% of the students will rate their understanding of the concepts presented in these classes as "good" or "excellent". 2. Students who complete the Merchandising and Consumer Studies program will be prepared for entry-level jobs in the field. Measures: (a) On the practica evaluation, at least 80% of site supervisors of students completing MCS 258 and HEC 477 practica will indicate that students have adequate skills, such that they would employ the student, if a position were available; (b) On the field study tour evaluations, at least 85% of the students will indicate that their awareness and knowledge of careers in the field was increased or expanded. 3. Students who complete the Merchandising and Consumer Studies program will exhibit appropriate research, technological and communication skills in the professional context. Measures: (a) 100% of the student trend board projects completed in MCS 268, Apparel Design 1, will be rated as satisfactory, and 80% will be rated as good or excellent by a team of at least three faculty members; (b) 100% of the student promotional campaigns completed in MCS 466, Consumer Relations, will be rated as satisfactory, and 80% will be rated as good or excellent by a team of at least three faculty members.
BS, Nutrition & Dietetics
1. Students will possess transferable skills that facilitate success in any professional setting (communication skills, organizational skills, team-building and collaboration, commitment to lifelong learning, ethical practice, social responsibility). Measures: (a) 100% of students will receive ratings of satisfactory, and 80% will receive ratings of good or excellent for transferable skills documented in professional portfolios, submitted by students at the end of the senior year, and evaluated by a team of at least 3 faculty members; (b) 100% of students will receive a mean rating of 7/10, and 80% will receive a mean rating of 9/10 on individual oral presentations in FNU 274, Introduction to Dietetics, evaluated by fellow students and faculty. 2. Students will be able to critically evaluate information from a variety of sources, use research to support decision making, and participate in applied research. Measures: (a) 100% of the student research projects completed in FNU 412, Advanced Food Science, will be rated as satisfactory, and 80% will be rated as good or excellent by a team of at least three faculty members; (b) 100% of students will agree and 80% will strongly agree that they can locate, interpret, and use professional literature to make evidence-based practice decisions, on the graduating senior exit survey administered by the Director of the School of Human Ecology. 3. Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills to utilize the ADA nutrition care process to plan interventions for individuals and groups in clinical and community settings and utilize knowledge of food, food systems, management, entrepreneurship and regulatory agencies to plan, manage and market a food service operation. Measures: (a) 100% of students who apply for a dietetic internship will be accepted and will complete the DI within 18 months of graduation; (b) At least 80% of the students taking the RD exam will pass on the first attempt. At least 50% will score above the average in the foodservice domain, and at least 50% will score above average in the nutrition domain.
Dietetic Internship (non-degree)
1. The DI will prepare interns to apply professional skills (communication, organization, leadership skills, team building skills, initiative, and ethical practice) as they work with individuals, families and community groups in a variety of practice settings: (a) 100% of the interns will receive a score of 80% or above on a comprehensive exam in FNU 548: Applied Dietetics taken during the summer session; (b) 100% of intens will score "good" or above on all categories of the clinical case study presentation evaluation. 2. The DI program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians: (a) At least 90% of the students who complete the DI and take the registration exam will pass on the first attempt; (b) At least 75% of the students who take the registration exam will score at or above the 50th percentile in the nutrition and food service domains. 3. The DI program will emphasize an enhanced understanding of research and will facilitate continuation of graduate studies in the nutrition and dietetics master's program at Louisiana Tech University: (a) At least 50% of the students who complete the DI will continue in the MS program; (b) During the 5-year reporting period, at least six DI graduates continuing in the graduate program will complete the MS degree each year.
MS, Family & Consumer Sciences
1. Students who complete the MS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences will have the skills to conduct a research project and report the results: (a) At least 70% of the theses and non-thesis research projects will receive a composite rating of "good" or "excellent" for problem identification/design, content, and research skill development by the three-member graduate faculty committee; (b) At least 50% of the students completing the MS degree will present the results of the research project at the ANS Day Research Symposium, or at a local, state, regional, or national meeting; (c) On an annual basis, at least 50% of student projects will be submitted for publication or grant funding. 2. Students who complete the MS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences will be able to effectively communicate in writing: (a) At least 70% of students will receive a composite rating of "good" or "excellent" for writing quality from the three-member graduate committee; (b) At least 70% of students will pass the written comprehensive examination on the first attempt. 3. Students who complete the MS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences will be employed in an applicable field: (a) 80% of the graduates who seek employment or additional graduate training will be employed in an applicable field or accepted into another graduate program before graduation or within 6 months of graduation; (b) At least 75% of graduates who respond to the survey of graduates will indicate they feel "prepared" or "very prepared" for employment in their respective field.
MS, Nutrition & Dietetics
1. Students who complete the Master of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics will have the skills to conduct a research report and report the results. Measures: (a) At least 80% of the theses and non-thesis research projects will receive a composite rating of "good" or "excellent" for problem identification/design, content, and research skill development by the three member graduate faculty committee; (b)At least 50% of the students will present the results of their research project at the ANS Day Research Symposium or other state or national meeting; (c) On an annual basis, at least 3 manuscripts developed from graduate research proejcts will be submitted for publication, and two manuscripts per year will be accepted for publication (Based on an average of 8 graduates per year, about 1/3 will be submitted and 1/4 will be published). 2. Students who complete the Master of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics will be able to communicate effectively in writing. Measures: (a) At least 75% of students will receive a composite rating of "good" or "excellent" for writing quality by the three-member graduate committee; (b) At least 90% of the students will pass the written comprehensive examination on the first attempt. 3. Students who complete the Master of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics will be employed and feel competent to practice in the field. Measures: (a) 100% of the graduates will be employed in the field of dietetics before graduation or within one month of graduation; (b) At least 75% of graduates who respond to the survey of graduates will indicate they feel "prepared" or "very prepared" to fulfill the duties of their job.