Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

  • PSLO
  • Datasheet
  • Program Review
  • Assesment Report

Program Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
(AY 2019-2020)

Program Student Learning Outcomes(PSLOs)

At the completion of Agriculture & Natural Resources Management the student will be able to:

  1. Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate to Micronesia.
  2. Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production.
  3. Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.
  4. Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

PSLO Assessment Report Summary

What we looked at:

The Agriculture & Natural Resources Management Program assessment focused on PSLO 1. 2,3,4,5 during the academic year ( 2019-2020). /p>

What we found:

PSLO1- 85% of students passed the posttest demonstrating an understanding of how human choices influence the relationship between living beings, their surroundings, and the quality of life.

PSLO2- 80% of the students passed the post-test demonstration and understanding of the livestock production including feeding practices, breeds, management, housing, marketing, diseases sanitation practices under tropical conditions.(AG 140 Principles of Livestock Production).

PSLO3- 80% of the students passed the pre-test demonstrating the understanding of financial preparation of financial net worth, income statement, farm budgeting, and balance sheet.(AG 290 Agriculture Project Management)

PSLO5 – 75% of the students who took AG299 passed the written research paper and the presentation regard to their learning experiences gained while working in the area or agencies of their own choice in the field during the summer session.( AG 299 Directed Field Research)

What are we planning to work on

Focus more on the subjects that the students lack knowledge in. Also review the pre-test and post tests to measure the students understanding of the total course fundamentals and applications.

Another area is to concentrate on the meat processing unit for the students to learn the complete processing of meat production and the marketing of meat.

Hiring of the qualified and permanent replacement instructor for next semester to teach Agriculture 101, Crop Science 110 and two labs.

Continue to request Mr. Santrigo Oswalt to be on permanent status with the College. Since he as been working for the College for 12 years.

To participate on the development of the RII project for 2020 funding application.

To help make the Chinese plant and livestock projects more integrated with our program courses and laboratory exercises to increase student learning activities. Students have to participate in all the activities from nursery management, cultivation, planting, fertilization, harvesting and marketing of produce.

We are seeking for funding of the computer lab, since 15 of the 16 units are not functioning properly. We have informed the IC however, these computers need to be changed.

Recommendations for students:

  • Take advantage of advertised tutoring opportunities with the math/science division
  • Take advantage of your ANR instruction office hours and see them if you need assistant beyond the classroom.
  • Talk to your advisor, get help if you are struggling and ask questions!
  • Read your text books before coming to class. It will help you understand the lectures better.
  • Going to classes every day, doing assignments, lab work and studying is the key for student success.
  • Come and see your instructor’s at ANR, we are willing to help you to become an excellent student.
  • Seek the opportunities from the Embassies scholarship programs.
  • Seek replacement for Mark Kostka to teach AG 101 and AG 110 A.S.A.P

College of Micronesia-FSM
( Fall 2014-spring 2016)

AP Full Official

Associate of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

Campus

National Campus

AP Review Submission Date

September 23, 2016

Completed by

Mark Kostka

AR Review Cycle

2 years

FA14-SP15

FA15-SP16

Program Goals

Program goals are broad statements concerning knowledge, skills, or values that the faculty members expect the graduating students to achieve.

This program prepares individuals for careers in agriculture or for further under-graduate study.

To enrich the program, the curriculum is structured to offer a well-rounded education in basic and applied sciences of agriculture to produce agricultural graduates who are employable or capable of succeeding on transferring into four institutions. The program blends comprehensive classroom instruction with practical experience.

The intention of the program is to graduate skilled agriculturists who can further develop and promote agriculture across the nation as well as providing continuing education for in-service state agriculture extension service employees, secondary agriculture teachers and self-employed.

The program learning outcomes for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Management program are as follows;

ANRM PSLOs:

  • Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate to Micronesia.
  • Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production.
  • Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in a land resource management related agency.
  • Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

Program History

This section describes the history of the program. This includes the date and reason of implementation, significant milestones in the development of the program, and significant current activities.

The long cherished goal of creating education that was suited to the needs of the Micronesian economy was addressed by the creation of three new majors during the mid-1980s. The three major industries other than government and education in Micronesia were tourism, farming and fisheries. FSM government requested that the College create majors in Agriculture and Marine Science. In 1981, the members of the College (College of Micronesia-FSM, Palau Community, and Marshall Island Community College granted the U.S Land Grant Status). This program was created by an act of the Congress of Micronesia, to fulfill the long cherished goal of creating education that was suited to the needs of the island economy. In 1981 Community College of Micronesia was given a Land Grant Intuitions status by the United States Congress through the United States Department of Agriculture as part of the compact of free association between the United states and the three Micronesian entities. This fund created College of Micronesia, which included FSM, RMI, and ROP. Programs that were established include the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Agriculture Experiment Station, (AES), and a residential agriculture instruction program (RI).The Agriculture A.S. Degree Program was established in early 1990’s and had its first graduate in 1993. The FSM and the United States of American continues to support the program because they believe that agriculture is an important component of FSM’s economic. Over many years the US continues to provide support to the program by providing funds to pay faculty salaries, providing support for scholarship through Agriculture development in the Asia Pacific (ADAP). Just recently the ADAP program ended and new programs did develop; one of the most recent programs that support the agriculture program was the CARIPAC program that is under our CRE program today. Today student enrollment and transfers have increased and more and more students are graduating from this program each year.

Program Description

The program description describes the program, including its organization, relationship to other programs in the system, program design, degree(s) offered, and other significant features of the program, such as elements/resources for forward-looking new program contributions to the state’s economy, or specialized program accreditation.

This program prepares individuals for careers in agriculture or for further graduate study. The curriculum is structured to offer a well-rounded education in basic and applied sciences of agriculture. The program blends comprehensive classroom instruction with practical experience. The aim of the program is to graduate skilled agriculturists who can further develop and promote agriculture across the nation. The program offers the two year Associate of Science degree in General Agriculture. The program blends comprehensive classroom instructions with practical learning experiences through the use of the two acres College Instructional Farm that has a greenhouse, a two piggery operation, and the portable poultry rearing quarters. Students can experience practical learning in various enterprises such as: Crop production, Animal production. ANR program requirement includes a course in directed field study AG 299 which enables students to do actual day to day work with Agriculture agencies in Pohnpei and other FSM states to gain on the job work experience. ANR students also get experience through overseas summer trainings; students field schools in Saipan, GUAM and the Virgin Islands in Central America. These field schools are funded by CARIPAC funds, a program under USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The agriculture courses taught at the college are used as electives by most of the programs at the college as science with lab courses. The ANR program also contributes to the state economy by providing technical support and other resources to our partner agencies throughout the states. Some of the key examples of programs include; Distribution of breeding stock to farmers; Providing farmers with compost for vegetable production; Providing fruits and vegetables to the COM-FSM dining hall; The farm is also used as a demonstration farm to all the people of the FSM. From elementary school students to our leadership of the FSM.

Program Admission Requirements

This section describes the requirements for admission into the program and other requisites.

ANRM program admission requirement coincides with the admission requirement for the college per the 2015-16 college Catalog.

  1. Have graduated or will graduate from high school at the end of the current year, or have a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  2. Have a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 as measured on a 4.0 scale, or a minimum score of 35 on each section and an average score of 45 for all five sections of the GED test.
  3. Be accepted by the college’s committee on Recruitment, Admission, and Retention (RAR)

Program Certificate/Degree Requirements

This section specifies the requirements for obtaining a certificate/degree in the program, including specific courses, credits, internships, practical, etc. This section should also include the program’s suggested schedule and program course matrix.

  1. Program Requirements for Associated Science Degree in:(ANRM)

Agriculture And Natural resources Management”

General Education Core Requirements......................................29 Credits

English (9 credits) credits

EN 110 Advanced Reading 3

EN 120a Expository Writing 1 3

EN 120b Expository 2 3

Mathematics (3 credits) depending on placement credits

MS 100 College Algebra, or 3

MS College Algebra and Trigonometry 3

Natural Sciences (7 credits) credits

SC Chemistry 4

MS Statistics 3

Social Science (3 credits) credits

SS 150 History of Micronesia 3

Computer Applications (3 credits) credits

CA 100 Computer Literacy 3

Exercise Sports Science (1 Credit) credit

Exercise Sports Science course 1

Humanities (3 credits) credits

Any course in AR 101 Introduction to Art 3

MU 101 Introduction to Music, 3

SS 150 History of Micronesia, 3

EN 201 Introduction to Literature, 3

EN 208 Introduction to Philosophy, or 3

EN/ED 233a General Nature and use of Language 3

Major Requirements……………………………………… (36-37)

Agriculture (23 credits) credits

AG 101 Introduction to Agriculture 4

AG 110 Crop Production 4

AG 140 Principles of Animal Science 4

AG 290 Agricultural Project Management 3

AG 299 Directed Field Experience 4

AG 280 Food Processing 4

Degree Electives (3-4 credits) credits

BU 101 Introduction to Business or 3

AG 291 Selected Tropics in Land Resources and Food Systems 3

MR 120 Marine Science 4

MR 201 Aquaculture 4

IS 270 Geographic Information System- 3

Pre-requisite is IS 201 Computer Information Systems 3

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS……………………………………………65-66 credits

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Suggested Schedule

First Semester Second Semester

MS 100 College Algebra...............3 EN 110 Adv. Reading……………3

SC 120 Biology………………...4 AG 110 Crop Production………...4

EN 120a Expos. Writing 1…… 3 SC 250 General Botany…………..4

AG 101 Into. to Agriculture…...4 EN 120b Expos Writing 2………..3

CA 100 Computer lit…………..3 Exercise Sports Science…………..1

17 15

Summer Session

SS 150 History of Micronesia………………..3

Electives…………………………………….3

6

Third Semester Fourth Semester

AG 140 Principles of Animal Science…4 AG 290 Project Management….......4

SC 230 Introduction to Chemistry…….4 Humanities………………………..3

MS 150 Statistics………………………3 AG 299 Ag. Field Studies…………4

SC non lab…………………………….3 AG 280 Food Processing…………4

14 15

Program Courses and Enrollment

This section lists courses offered in the program, including number of sections, course enrollment, section fill rates, and redundancy of courses across the institution.

Courses offered for the ANMR program from Fall 2014 to spring 2016.

Course number

Course title

AG 101

Introduction to Agriculture

AG 110

Crop Production

AG 140

Principles of Animal Science

AG 290

Agriculture project management

AG 299

Directed filed Experience

Number of courses and sections offered within the reporting cycle not including summer courses.

Courses

Fall 2014

Spring 15

Fall 2105

Spring 2016

Total

AG 101

2

2

2

1

7

AG 110

1

1

1

1

4

AG 140

1

1

1

1

4

AG 290

1

1

1

0

3

AG 299

0

0

1

1

2

Total

5

5

6

4

20

Courses enrollment from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016

Courses

Fall 2014

Spring 15

Fall 2105

Spring 2016

Total

AG 101

58

55

52

32

197

AG 110

10

15

1

22

48

AG 140

16

12

14

11

53

AG 290

10

5

10

0

25

AG 299

0

0

0

7

7

Total

94

87

77

72

330

Program Faculty

This section reports the faculty of the program, including full-time and part-time faculty. The degrees held and rank are provided for the full-time and part-time faculty.

Mark Kostka, BS in Tropical Horticulture, Certificate in Plant Tissue Culture, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Kiyoshi Phillip , MS Agriculture Studies ,School of Land and Food System, University of Queensland, Australia

Program Indicators

This section provides the data for analyzing the extent to which the program has achieved the established outcomes and criteria. This is the most important part of the program review. The data that will be collected and evaluated are the following:

Assessment of course student learning outcomes of program courses

The data report is from the ANRM course level assessment. These are the result of the 2 year assessment cycle from fall 2014-spring 2016. The assessments used in this report include (ie., test, assignments, homework, classwork, reports, presentations, and labs.

Results

Table below shows the result of assessment for the CSLO for all courses in the ANRM program. Some of the missing data is still with Kiyoshi Phillip.

AG101-Introduction to Agriculture

SLO1

SLO2

SLO3

SLO4

SLO5

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Fall 2015

84%

80%

82%

87%

85%

Spring2016

70%

79%

73%

73%

74%

SLO1 Describe the historical development in agriculture.
SLO2 Describe how to manage the natural resources in a sustainable manner.
SLO3 Identify and explain the major plant parts and functions and manage a home garden.
SLO4 Describe the nutritional requirement of animals, and how to best maintain animal health and demonstrate management practices.
SLO5 Conduct and design an experiment or project.

AG110-Crop Production

SLO1

SLO2

SLO3

SLO4

SLO4

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Fall 2015

84%

80%

82%

87%

85%

Spring2016

70%

79%

73%

73%

74%

SLO1 Describe the principles of crop establishment.

SLO2 Explain plant growth and environmental conditions.

SLO3 Demonstrate the knowledge of plant breeding.

SLO4 Propagate and plant tropical plantation crops (coconuts, cassava, Kava, Fruit trees, papaya, limes, and bananas).

Assessment of program student learning outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

At the completion of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Management Program , the student will be able to:

  1. Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate to Micronesia.
  2. Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production.
  3. Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.
  4. Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

PSLO Assessment Report Summary FY2014 and FY 2015

The Agriculture & Natural Resources Management Program assessment focused on:

ANR_PSLO1: Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate to Micronesia.

ANR_PSLO2: Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production.

ANR_PLSO3: Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.

ANR_­­PSLO4: Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

ANR_PSLO_1: Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate to Micronesia.

FALL 2014 AG 140

75% of students passed the posttest demonstrating an understanding of how human choices influence the relationship between living beings, their surroundings, and the quality of life.

ANR_PSLO_2: Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production .

SPRING 2015 AG 140

80% of the students passed the post-test demonstration and understanding of the livestock production including feeding practices, breeds, management, housing, marketing, diseases sanitation practices under tropical conditions.

ANR_PSLO_3: Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.

SPRING 2015 AG 140

ANR_PSLO_3- 70% of the students passed the post-test demonstrating the understanding of financial preparation of financial net worth, income statement, farm budgeting, and balance sheet.

FALL 2014 AG 101

ANR_PSLO_3- 73% of the students passed the post-test on acquiring basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.

ANR_PSLO_4: Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

SPRING 2015 AG 299

95% of the students who took AG299 passed the written research paper and the presentation regard to their learning experiences gained while working in the area or agencies of their own choice in the field during the summer session.

PSLO Assessment Report Summary FY2015 and FY2016

The Agriculture & Natural Resources Management Program assessment focused on:

ANR_PSLO1: Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate to Micronesia.

ANR_PSLO2: Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production.

ANR_PLSO3: Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.

ANR_­­PSLO4: Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

ANR_PSLO_1: Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate to Micronesia.

FALL 2015 AG 140
75% of the students passed the posttest in Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate to Micronesia.

SPING 2016 AG 110
76% of the students passed the post-test on acquiring basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.

ANR_PSLO_2: Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production.

SPRING 2016 AG 140
80% of the students passed the post-test demonstration and understanding of the livestock production including feeding practices, breeds, management, housing, marketing, diseases sanitation practices under tropical conditions.

ANR_PSLO_3: Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.

SPRING 2015 AG 140
ANR_PSLO_3- 70% Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.

ANR_PSLO_4: Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

SPRING 2016 AG 299
95% Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

FALL 2016 AG 101
75% of the students passed the post-test on acquiring basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.

Program enrollment (historical enrollment patterns, student credits by major)

ANRM Enrollment by Campus

Term

Chk

Kos

Nat

Pni

Yap

Students

Fall2014

0

1

41

10

4

54

Fall 2015

0

4

52

5

5

66

Spring 2015

0

3

39

10

4

54

Spring 2016

0

2

48

1

5

56

Total

0

10

180

26

18

226

ANRM Credits by major and Campus

Term

Chk

Kos

Nat

Pni

Yap

Students

Fall2014

0

1

39

10

4

54

Fall 2015

0

22

447

99

37

605

Spring 2015

0

34

665

50

60

809

Spring 2016

0

12

610

13

60

695

Average class size

Program

Term

Section

Enroll(Max)

Enrollment

Enrollrate

Average

Class Size

ANRM

Fall 14

5

133

100

75%

20.0

ANRM

Spring 15

7

94

77

81.9 %

15.5

ANRM

Fall 15

6

140

93

66.4 %

11.0

ANRM

Spring

6

92

73

78.5%

12.0

Course completion rate

Program

term

course

enrolled

w

ABCorP

W%

CC%

ANRM

Fall 14

AG 101

57

1

51

1.8%

89.5%

ANRM

Fall 14

AG 110

17

0

17

0%

100%

ANRM

Fall 14

AG 140

16

0

11

0%

68.8

ANRM

Fall 14

AG 290

10

0

5

0%

50%

ANRM

Spring 15

AG 101

55

2

43

3.6%

78.2%

ANRM

Spring 15

AG 110

15

0

14

0%

93.3

ANRM

Spring 15

AG 140

12

0

9

0%

75%

ANRM

Spring 15

AG 290

5

0

4

0%

80%

ANRM

Spring 15

AG 299

10

2

6

20%

60%

ANRM

Fall 15

AG 101

52

0

46

0%

85.5%

ANRM

Fall 15

AG 110

1

0

1

0%

100%

ANRM

Fall 15

AG 140

12

0

11

0

91.7

ANRM

Fall 15

AG 290

10

0

9

0

90%

ANRM

Spring 16

AG 101

32

1

32

3%

84%

ANRM

Spring 16

AG 110

22

0

22

0%

100%

ANRM

Spring 16

AG 140

11

0

6

0

55%

ANRM

Spring 16

AG 299

7

0

5

0

71%

Student retention rate (Fall-to-Fall for two-year programs; Fall-to-Spring for one-year programs)

Term

major

degree

Cohort*

Fall15/16

Returned*

Retention Rate

Fall 2014

ANRM

AS

4

5

125%

Fall 2015

ANRM

AS

11

10

90.9%

Graduation rate based on yearly number

Year

AY10/11

AY11/12

AY12/13

AY13/14

AY14/15

Graduates

3

5

5

6

5

Students seat cost

IRPO

Cost of duplicate or redundant courses, programs or services

NONE

Students’ satisfaction rate

We do not have any information on this subject. We plan to come up with student surveys in the coming months to survey our students and to see how they feel about our program in general.

Alumni data

Employment data and employer feedback (employer survey)

Major Area

Number of ANR Graduates working

Department of Agriculture

4

Land-grant

3

COM-FSM

4

Education Department

2

Saint Paul school

1

Program added or cancelled at nearby regional institutions (PCC, GCC, Hawaii schools, UOG, CMI, NMC)

N/A

Transfer rate

Number of students

Transfer

University of Hawaii- UH Hilo

2

University of Guam

6

Analysis

Findings

This section provides discussion of information discovered as a result of the evaluation such as problems or concerns with the program and what part of the program is working well and meeting expectation.

Recommendations

This section provides recommendations from the program on what to do to improve or enhance the quality of program and course learning outcomes as well as program goals and objectives. This section should also include suggestions that describe how the program might be able to create opportunities for a better program in the future. Some examples are exploring alternate delivery mechanisms, forming external partnerships, or realigning with other programs.






Form is newly revised. Previous Program Reviews are available at http://wiki.comfsm.fm/Academic_Programs

Micronesian Studies is a very good example. Program review checklist is on the next page.

Unit Assessment Report

Report Period: 2013-2014

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