Department and Program Annual Report

 

Department or Program: Pet Care Department

Current Year: 2016-2017

Next Year: 2017-2018

Following Year: 2018-2019

 

Names of department members

Full-time:

Dr. Phee L. Lion

Dr. Al K. Nines

Dr. Kat S. Tree

Dr. Bo Vine

Part-time:

NA

Part 1. Administrative Information [all departments; programs as relevant]

 

Course Offerings under Your Department’s or Program’s Prefix

Overview of the Current Year*

 

Summer 1

Summer 2

Fall

Intersession

Spring

Total Course Sections Offered**

1

0

12

2

11

Total Course Section Enrollment**

5

0

237

20

193

Total Lab Sections Offered**

0

0

3

0

2

Total Lab Section Enrollment**

0

0

36

0

22

Optional: Total Course Sections offered under other Prefix(es)***

 

 

 

 

 

Optional: Total Graduate Course Sections offered****

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Full-Time Faculty

1

0

4

4

4

Number of Part-Time Faculty

0

0

0

0

0

Number of Overload Sections

0

0

1

1

0

Number of Adjunct-Taught Sections

0

0

0

0

0

* The Informer report “Past Department non-Lab Section Offerings – without Independent Study and Internships” and “Past Department Lab Section Offerings” will provide information on the number of sections offered, students enrolled, and instructor. Important Note: An extra step has to be taken to get the correct numbers for cross listed courses.  See the Informer report directions for additional information. Do not include internships and independent studies supervised by members of your department in this table.

**Do not include courses offered with other prefixes on these lines, they will appear in the report(s) for those programs or departments.

***These sections will appear in the report for the appropriate program or department, however you may optionally report them here as well.

****Sections being offered for any post-baccalaureate program. 

 

Support of Foundations and Breadth

Targets for Current Year, Next Year, and the Following Year

(To be filled out by departments in consultation with relevant programs)

Category

Type of Course

Sections offered in current year

Targets for next year

Targets for following year*

Foundations

First Year Seminar

1

1

1

 

First Year Composition

 

 

 

 

Writing

 

 

1

 

Diversity

 

 

 

Breadth

Artistic

 

 

 

 

Behavioral

 

 

 

 

Historical

1

1

1

 

Literary

1

1

1

 

Logical

 

 

 

 

Scientific

4

4

4

Graduate

(indicate program):

 

 

 

Old Curriculum Designations

 

 

 

 

Arts (old curriculum)

 

 

 

 

Humanities (old curriculum)

 

 

 

 

Social Science (old curriculum)

 

 

 

 

Natural Science & Mathematics (old curriculum)

6

6

6

 

Lab (old curriculum)

5

5

5

 

C (old curriculum)

 

 

 

 

D (old curriculum)

 

 

 

 

Q (old curriculum)

 

 

 

 

W (old curriculum)

 

 

 

*(Note: these are initial plans that will allow Academic Affairs and interdisciplinary programs to plan ahead; it is understood that these numbers may change.)

 

Describe how your department supports programs outside your department (e.g. supplying instructors for sections of FYS or other interdisciplinary program courses (i.e. AMS, NSC, PPL, etc.), or offering affiliated courses for interdisciplinary programs (i.e. CRS, GWS, etc.).

The PET department supports the First Year Seminar (FYS), the interdisciplinary minor in Tree Frog Sustainability (TFSM) and the Professional Writing minor (PRWR).  This year the department supplied one instructor to FYS.  The department offered one affiliated course section for the PRWR program and two affiliated course sections for the TFSM program.

 

Results/Reflection. Consider all of your course offerings – courses for your program(s), FYS sections, and courses supporting foundations, breadth or interdisciplinary programs.  Did you achieve your targets for this year? Are you making changes to your targets for the future?  Do you have any concerns, issues, etc. in this area?

We met our targets for foundations, breadth, and interdisciplinary programs this year.  Looking at our domestic animal offerings over the past 3 years, we have seen a decline in enrollment in our Farm Animal courses and increased interest in the courses on Fish.  We will be shifting the curriculum to focus more on Fish.  Next year we will experiment by offering an addition section of PET-248 Training Beta Fish and one fewer section of PET-230 Nutrition and Exercise for Farm Animals.

 

Closing the Loop. Please review your results/reflections from last year’s report.  Did you propose any plans or changes in this section? What efforts did you make this year to rectify the areas that you felt needed to be addressed?  Where those efforts successful?

Last year we saw a decline in enrollment in our Farm Animal courses for the second year in a row and our Fish courses continued to have long waitlists.  We proposed waiting to take action until we had seen whether the trend continued for a third year.  The trend did continue and we have proposed actions to be taken next year.

Last year we also decided that we needed to expand our electives in both domestic and exotic pet care.  Two members of the department volunteered to develop new courses over the summer.  Dr. Lion offered PET-210 Cat Diet and Exercise in the fall and Dr. Tree offered PET-280 Maintaining a Healthy Elephant in Captivity in the spring.  Both courses were fully enrolled and the course evaluations were positive.

 

Academic Advising

Goals in this area are two-fold: to provide academic advising to our students and to balance that responsibility across the faculty.

Department Member Advising Responsibilities*

Faculty Member

Number of FYS or Open Major Advisees

Number of

PET ** Advisees

Number of

_____** Advisees

Number of ____** Advisees

Al K. Nines

5

2

 

 

Phee L. Lion

0

6

 

 

Bo Vine

0

3

 

 

Kat S. Tree

1

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* This information should be available from an Informer report “Department Members’ Advisee Lists” and department member Faculty Information Forms (FIFs).

**Enter the name(s) of any majors/minors/concentrations that your department/program provides advising for.

 

Number of department members who provided graduate-school advising to one or more students in the current year:  ____ 4 ____

Number of department members who provided career advising/assistance to one or more students in the current year:  ___ 3 _____

Number of department members who provided other types of placement advising to one or more students in the current year:  ___ NA _____

 

Results/Reflection. Briefly describe any targets, results, concerns, issues, etc. in this area.

Nothing to report.

 

Closing the Loop. Please review your results/reflections from last year’s report.  Did you propose any plans or changes in this section? What efforts did you make this year to rectify the areas that you felt needed to be addressed?  Where those efforts successful?

NA - We made no plans for changes in this area last year in last year’s report.

 

Facilities and Equipment

Report any needs, wants, problems, or issues in this area.

NA

 

Budget

Brief Budget Report*

Line item (e.g. Supplies, MISC)

Amount Allocated

Amount Spent

Supplies

$500.00

$450.23

MISC

$100.00

$100.00

 

 

 

*Information available in WebAdvisor

 

Additional Expenditures

List any major expenditures (e.g. equipment or other durable purchases).

None

List any equipment-maintenance expenditures.

None

List or Describe any extra travel costs paid out of the department’s budget.

The department spent $100 from supplies to take 5 students to the 9 th Annual Western PA Undergraduate Pet Care Conference at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Plans for Next Year’s Budget

Any anticipated major expenditures (e.g. equipment or other durable purchases)?

None

Any anticipated equipment-maintenance expenditures?

All of our cat scratching posts will need to be re-covered next year. In addition, three of the dog runs will need new fences.

Plans for Future Budgets

Indicate any near-future large budgetary items of which you are aware, when they will occur, and an estimate of cost (e.g. the need to replace equipment or supplies, servicing of equipment, upgrading classroom or lab, hosting a conference, etc.).

In 2019 we have agreed to host the 12 th Annual Western PA Undergraduate Pet Care Conference.

Results/Reflection. Briefly describe any targets, results, concerns, issues, etc. in this area.

The planned shift in our curriculum will require shifting some budgetary lines from farm animal maintenance to fish maintenance (e.g. we will need student workers to clean fish tanks instead of exercising cows and horses.  We also anticipate that the additional fish tanks will cause some increase to the electrical bill.

 

Closing the Loop. Please review your results/reflections from last year’s report.  Did you propose any plans or changes in this section? What efforts did you make this year to rectify the areas that you felt needed to be addressed?  Where those efforts successful?

NA

 

Part 2. Faculty [departments only]

Much of this information should be available from department members’ faculty information forms

 

Sabbaticals

Current Year: List members of your department on sabbatical during the current year; indicate which term(s), and the primary goal of their projects.

None

Next Year: List members of your department who have been approved for a sabbatical for next year, indicate which term(s), and the primary goal of their projects.

Dr. Bo Vine will be on sabbatical Intersession and Spring 2018 learning about Fish.

Following Year: List members of your department planning to apply for a sabbatical for the following year and indicate which term(s).

None

 

Summary of Faculty Scholarly Activity*

Activity for the Current Year

Number of Faculty

Creation of new course(s) in connection with study or research

2

On-campus faculty colloquium, art show, invited talk, guest lecture

0

Off-campus faculty colloquium, art show, invited talk, guest lecture

0

Attendance at professional conference, off-campus workshop, etc.

2

Presentation of paper/poster at professional conference, workshop, etc.

1

Session chaired or organized for professional conference

0

Articles, book chapters, essays in collections published

1

Shorter publications (book reviews, poems, op-eds, etc.)

0

Longer publications (books, collections of essays, edited journal issues)

0

 

 

*Add lines if any major category for your field is missing.

 

Summary of Faculty Service Activity*

Activity for the Current Year

Number of Faculty

Governance committees

0

Academic support committees

2

Disappearing task forces

1

Serving as chairs of committees listed above

0

Serving as program directors

1

Serving in administrative roles (e.g. Magellan advisor, assistant dean, etc.)

0

 

 

*Add lines if any major form of service by members of your department is missing.

 

Results/Reflection. Briefly describe any targets, results, concerns, issues, etc. in this area. If relevant, describe and reflect on any departmental trends in course evaluations, thoughts on junior faculty progress, etc.

Shifting the curriculum to focus more on Fish will require additional faculty development activities to develop our expertise in this area or hiring an adjunct who specializes in Fish.

 

Closing the Loop. Please review your results/reflections from last year’s report.  Did you propose any plans or changes in this section? What efforts did you make this year to rectify the areas that you felt needed to be addressed?  Where those efforts successful?

NA

 

Part 3. Students [all departments; programs as relevant]

 

Graduates*

Area of Study (majors, minors, concentrations, emphases)

Number of graduating students completing

PETS Majors

5

PETS Minors

1

Emphasis in Exotic Animals

0

*This information is available from the Informer Report: “ Graduates for Annual Report (prompt for commencement date) .”

 

Independent Study Projects*

Student

Project Title

Term(s)

Course Number

Faculty Advisor

Murgatroid Smith

Pets in U.S. Law

Spring

PET-501

Al K. Nines

 

 

 

 

 

*Some of this information is available from the Informer Report, “Internship and Independent Study For Annual Report.”

 

Internships*

Student

Internship Location

Term(s)

Course Number

Campus Faculty Advisor

Godzilla Jones

East Maiden Animal Clinic

Fall

198

Kat S. Tree

 

 

 

 

 

*Some of this information is available from the Informer Report, “Internship and Independent Study For Annual Report.”

 

Conference Attendance

Student

Conference Attended

Paper, Poster Presented? yes/no

Comments

Mothra Adams

9 th Annual Western PA Undergraduate Pet Care Conference

Yes

 

Godzilla Jones

9 th Annual Western PA Undergraduate Pet Care Conference

Yes

 

Gammera North

9 th Annual Western PA Undergraduate Pet Care Conference

Yes

 

Smog M. Quinn

9 th Annual Western PA Undergraduate Pet Care Conference

Yes

 

Murgatroid Smith

 

9 th Annual Western PA Undergraduate Pet Care Conference

Yes

 

 

Names of students elected to your department or program honor society in current year.

At the present time we are applying to have a chapter of the National Honorary Society Mu Gamma Woof established on campus.

 

Names of recipients of your departmental or program book prizes and awards in current year.

Senior Book Award - Mothra Adams

 

Names of students who graduated from your program with Honors (student name, project title, faculty advisor).

Murgatroid Smith, Pets in U.S. Law, Dr. Al K. Nines

 

Other relevant information.

NA

 

Results/Reflection. Considering students in your area(s) of study, do you have any concerns, issues, etc.?

NA

 

Closing the Loop. Please review your results/reflections from last year’s report.  Did you propose any plans or changes in this section? What efforts did you make this year to rectify the areas that you felt needed to be addressed?  Where those efforts successful?

NA

 

 

Part 4: Goals and Assessment [all departments; all programs with majors]*

*If your program does not offer a major, you may still choose to complete all or part of this section at your discretion.

 

Changes to Department or Program Mission, Goals, SLOs, etc. *

*In this section you only need to include or describe any changes your department or program has made in any of these areas.

For 2016-2017 please include your SLO for Technology, even if it is unchanged from last year.

 

Department or Program Mission

No Change

Department or Program Goals (Administrative, Curricular)

No Change

Department or Program Student-Learning Outcomes

Technology

Students completing the PET major will demonstrate:

  • the ability to collect, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate, and represent data in task-appropriate ways;
  • the ability to create, format, and present text, images, and other media in an audience-aware manner;
  • a functional understanding of the legal, ethical, privacy, and security issues critical to the use of information technology;
  • ability to create an accurate electronic simulation of a bird call.

 

Department or Program Curriculum Map (may be an attachment)

No Change

 

Assessment Activities for the Current Academic Year

Briefly describe what you did in the current year, addressing these points:

 

Institutional SLO for Oral Communication

  • Assessed all majors completing the capstone in 2016-2017 academic year
    • Assessed in capstone course PET400 – Pet Care Seminar
    • Class presentations of student final projects were assessed
    • Course instructor performed the assessments
    • Presentation form of Oral Communication was assessed using the Oral Communication Rubric from Gen Ed DTF.
  • Results/Data - see attach spreadsheet
  • Reflection:

It turned out to be harder than we expected for the instructor to both assess and grade the presentations as they were being given.  Next time we need to consider either someone other than the instructor assessing the presentations or videotaping the presentations so that they can be assessed later.

 

Institutional SLO for Written Communication

  • Assessed all majors completing the capstone in 2015-2016 academic year
    • Assessed students’ final papers on their research projects in PET400 – Pet Care Seminar
    • A department member, other than the course instructor, assessed the papers collected at the end of PET 400 in Spring 2016
    • Written Communication Rubric from the Gen Ed DTF was used for Assessment.
  • Results/Data - see attach spreadsheet
  • Reflection:

The rubric worked well, but we would like to have it keyed like the AAC&U rubrics with 4 levels representing incoming students at the lowest level and graduating seniors at the highest level.  That would let us use the same rubric for writing in courses at different levels (with targets selected based on the level of the students) which would let us assess growth over time.

 

Departmental SLO for Technology

  • Assessed all majors completing the capstone in 2016-2017 academic year
  • Assessed in Capstone course PET400- Pet Care Seminar
  • Assessed by the course instructor
  • Assessment based on the ability of majors to demonstrate use of technology in creation of their capstone project papers and presentations. We used the sample Rubrics provided by Gen Ed DTF for word processing and presentation software.  We developed our own rubric for electronic simulation of bird calls.
  • Target – 80% of students demonstrating acceptable use of: a word processor, PowerPoint and our bird call simulation software.
  • Results/Data - see attached spreadsheet
  • Reflection:

We found developing a rubric for electronic simulation of bird calls challenging. 

We met our targets for word processing and bird call simulation.  We did not meet our target for PowerPoint.  We are planning to provide more detailed feedback on students’ use of PowerPoint in our 300 level courses.

 

Departmental SLO for Knowledge of the appropriate way to care for at least 2 types of domestic pets and at least one type of exotic pet.

  • Assess all majors in the spring of their junior year
  • During the spring all junior majors are required to take the ETS Field Test in Pet Care
  • Method of Assessment – Scores on the ETS Field Test in Pet Care
  • Target – 75% at or above the median.
  • Reflection

We did not meet our target on this SLO.  Our students scored particularly poorly in the section on Exotic Pets.  We plan to review the content of the ETS Field Test for consistency with our curriculum and the list of other institutions using the Field test to assess the appropriate ness of our target.  Based on that review, we may adjust our target. We are waiting until we have another year of data and if the trend continues, and we continue to miss our target then we will consider possible curricular solutions.

 

Departmental SLO for Oral Communication

  • Assess all majors completing the capstone in 2016-2017 academic year
    • Assessed in Capstone course PET400 – Pet Care Seminar
    • Presentation form of Oral Communication was assessed
    • Course instructor assessed students’ final presentations of their research projects.
    • Method of Assessment– Rubric from Gen Ed DTF for the Institutional SLO on Oral Communication was edited to add the department specific requirement to imitate at least one animal’s vocal productions
    • Preliminary Target 75% assessed as acceptable or better.
  • Reflection

Our students far exceeded our expectations in imitating at least one animal’s vocal production.  We met our target in the other areas. It turned out to be harder than we expected for the instructor to both assess and grade the presentations as they were being given.  Next time we need to consider either someone other than the instructor assessing the presentations or videotaping the presentations so that they can be assessed later.

 

Closing the Loop on Assessment. Please review all of your assessment reflections from last year’s report.  Did you propose any plans or changes in this section? What efforts did you make this year to rectify the areas that you felt needed to be addressed?  Where those efforts successful?

Since we had no assessment data to report last year, we did not have any plans for this year.

 

Department/Program Assessment Plan for Next Year

 

Briefly describe what you plan to do next year, addressing these points:

Departmental/Program SLOs for the ability to read critically, analyze, and synthesize literary and historic writings about pet care.

  • Direct Measures
  • Sample: all majors completing the capstone in 2017-2018 academic year
  • Assess the literature review portion of their final project papers in PET400 – Pet Care Seminar
  • A member of the department other than the course instructor will make the assessment
  • We have developed a rubric for this assessment
  • Target: 75% of students performing at the level we expect for graduating majors.
  • Indirect measure(s) (optional)
    • An instructor question on the course evaluation asking students for their assessment of their skills in this area.

  • Departmental/Program SLOs for Written Communication

The ability to write clear and grammatically correct prose, including directions for pet care, according to current professional standards; ability to adjust writing for different purposes and audiences; ability to use current technical standards to describe animal vocal production

 

  • Assess all majors completing the capstone in 2016-2017 academic year
    • Assess students’ final papers on their research projects in PET400 – Pet Care Seminar
    • By the end of February 2018 a department member, other than the course instructor, will assess the papers collected at the end of PET 400 in Spring 2017
    • Method of Assessment– Rubric to come from Gen Ed DTF with section added for using current technical standards to describe animal vocal production.
    • Preliminary Target – 80 % of the class scoring at the top level on at least 3 out of 4 of the criteria in the rubric.  100% of the class scoring above the lowest level on all criteria in the rubric.

 

Institutional SLO for Scientific Reasoning Assessment Plan *

  • All laboratory groups in the following classes during Fall 2017 will be assessed:
    • PET120 – Introduction to Mammalian Pet Care (possible 1 st SCIENCE course in major)
    • PET140 -  Introduction to Amphibian and Aquatic Pet Care (possible 1 st   SCIENCE course in major)
    • PET100 - Selecting and Caring for a Personal Pet (non-majors SCIENCE)
    • We have no spring SCIENCE courses appropriate for this assessment.
  • Each lab group (average 4 groups per class) will be assessed based on their class presentations of their final laboratory project.
  • Course Instructor will make the assessment using the rubric provided by the Gen Ed DTF.

 

*Only for departments and programs offering, during the next academic year, courses designated SCIENCE for non-majors or the first SCIENCE course(s) taken by students in your major.

 

Overall Assessment Results/Reflection. Briefly describe any targets, results, concerns, issues—especially with regard to administrative or curricular goals—not already addressed in this report.

We have exceeded our expectations for what we could accomplish in this area this year.

 

Additional Comments

A chance to brag or complain to the Dean

The PET department thinks that the Dean should get a pet for her dog.

 

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Chair reviewed department’s faculty information forms _____

Chair/program director reviewed course evaluations _____

Chair/program director submitted annual report _____

Chair/program director managed budget _____

Chair completed faculty annual evaluations _____