Master of Science Assessment

Program Goal Statement

The program goals for the Master of Science in Computer Science can be categorized in terms of the WCU Plan For Excellence Transformations.

#1

Responsiveness Transformation.

Responding to the region's educational and cultural needs
1A Promote the professional growth of faculty, including interactions with computer science professionals in academia, industry and research, to enhance our knowledge of the discipline and the future directions in which it is likely to be headed so that the undergraduate program can be kept current.
#2

Student Success Transformation

Making student success the University's defining characteristic
2A Introduce the tracking of students after they have left the University so that we may gauge the value and utility of our programs.
2B Hire new faculty members with expertise in areas in which we need to offer courses but are currently understaffed.
2C Continue to advise students, especially those from groups currently underrepresented in the profession, about the enormous return on the educational investment computer science offers in terms of income, satisfaction, and job flexibility, growth and portability, which, in today's environment, is unmatched by other professions.
2D Communicate directly with the career counselors at area colleges to make them aware of our graduate program, especially our prerequisite program, excellent candidates for which are to be drawn from those recent graduates of other disciplines who are uncertain as to which career avenue to pursue.
2E Take advantage of the University's resources to advertise our graduate program, but especially our graduate prerequisite program.
#4

Human Capital Transformation

Investing in creativity, renewal and leadership
4A Promote the professional growth of faculty.
4B Maintain up-to-date curricula as an on-going affair.
4C Continue to enhance our technology base and to integrate it into the learning environment.
#5

Resourcefulness Transformation

Diversifying resources and improving management
5A Maintain excellent departmental laboratories.
5B Provide increased technical support for the Department's laboratories.
5C Focus on providing quality software and UNIX platforms for the undergraduate program.
5D Seek to improve the departmental budget so that it is appropriate for a department of computer science with our mission.

Intended Student-Learning Outcome or Objectives

1

Preparation for Career or Graduate School

Upon graduation, students will be well prepared to enter a career.

Link: Goals 1A, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5A, 5C

1.1 Students demonstrate ability to apply their course learning to practical problems
1.2 Students recognize the needs for continuing professional development and will continue to educate themselves throughout their careers.
2

Research Skills

Selected computer science majors will be able to apply their course learnings to research leading either to a Ph.D. program or to begin a research career in an industrial setting.

Link: Goals 1A, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D

2.1 Students demonstrate a deep understanding of one or more sub-areas of computer science
2.2 Students demonstrate proficiency in writing and oral presentation of their research
3.

State of the Art Training

All computer majors will have the opportunity to be exposed to the latest, cutting-edge technology.

Link: Goals 1A, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D

3.1 Students demonstrate ability to master specialized cutting-edge knowledge in preparation for career and/or Ph.D. studies
3.2 Students current and possible future applications of computing technology in some areas outside computer science
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