2013 Spring AgribusinessScienceTechnology-SLOAssessment

2013 Spring AgribusinessScienceTechnology-SLOAssessment








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Agribusiness/Science Technology-SLO
Assessment, Spring 2013
Results
Published: 5/13/2013
Survey Overview
Description
Agribusiness/Science Technology, Spring 2013
Instructions Provided To Respondents
There are four sections in this survey.
•The first section contains two questions about your overall experience in the program. Use this section
to identify things you liked, things you would change, and to communicate any other comments about
your overall experience in the program. If you have feedback about the instruction or anything else
related to the overall program, please address that in one of these questions.
•The second section addresses the college core abilities. The core abilities are overall skills that all
graduates should acquire during their experience at Western. Focus on yourself in this section.
•The third section addresses the specific outcomes for your program. Please focus on yourself in this
section.
•The conclusion provides a comment section for any additional information you would like to share about
your experience with your program and Western Technical College.
Thank you for completing this survey.
Respondent Metrics
Respondents:
13
First Response:
4/26/2013 10:34 AM
Last Response:
5/10/2013 12:25 PM

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Survey Results

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The following is a tabular depiction of the responses to each survey question. Additional comments
provided by respondents, if any, are included after each table.
Section - General Overview of Program
Instructions Provided To Respondents
We appreciate your feedback, comments and suggestions. The information you provide will strengthen
our program. Thank you.
1. What did you like about this program?
good atmoshpere, nice instructors willing to help (0000000735 Anonymous)
I enjoyed some of the outdoor activities but they were few and far between for an agriculture program.
(0000000371 Anonymous)
I enjoyed the fact that with the program you can go either onto the crops side or if you wanna work more
with the animal nutrition side of agriculture. (0000000732 Anonymous)
I learned a lot about agriculture and got the hands on experience I wanted and needed to know about
animals and plants. (0000000373 Anonymous)
I liked that a lot of the work was hands on. (0000000372 Anonymous)
I liked that I learned about breeding cattle and found out that is where I want to be. I liked that if I needed
any help with homework all I could do was ask Warren or Tracy. (0000000734 Anonymous)
I liked that I was able to obtain a specialized certificate as well as an associates degree. (0000000370
Anonymous)
I was pretty good (0000000729 Anonymous)
It was a good atmosphere to be in and fairly straight forward information. (0000000731 Anonymous)
It was a smaller class type, we got a lot of one on one with teachers and were able to ask questions and
get answere we needed to complete assignments. (0000000733 Anonymous)
It was hands on and took alot back to the farm (0000000728 Anonymous)
The instructors were very easy to talk to and make a good learning environment. They gave you a lot of
hands on opportunity to learn. (0000000730 Anonymous)
Very resourceful for employment. experience with farming always helps (0000000727 Anonymous)

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2. What would you change about this program?
A few of the classes could have been worth more credits so that we didnt have to pick you a one credit
class just to get all of are credits. (0000000732 Anonymous)
I feel that this program needs to look for new professors who have time to teach and worry about the kids
in the program rather then their dogs and horses that they have back home. Move up with the times and
not teach out of booklets from 1970s about how to fertilize the ground. (0000000727 Anonymous)
I would change that if you are on the animal side that you take only 2 crop classes because they really get
overwhelming and hard when you have no clue what is really going on. (0000000734 Anonymous)
I would do more hands on field trip stuff. I learn from doing, not from sitting at a desk with a book in front
of me. (0000000733 Anonymous)
I would get a couple of more instructors that are more suited to teach the program. A lot of false
advertisement! on the program homepage description. I joined the program to learn the field of
conservation and to my surprise Western doesn't have Anyone that can teach it!!. The hands on
experience was an absolute joke that was advertised. Students also, could of spent more time in Ag
related classes, absolutely, no reason for some of the general courses. Stop forcing students into crap
courses just to get their money. The technology part of the program was a joke to I'm not even sure if
there was a technology side to the program. On the home page it advertised a precision soil sampling
video. I would of enjoyed learning some of the gps systems and the fundamentals of precision soil
sampling since it's Technology related. Western fails miserably to keep up with this issue and is the only
school ,in my surrounding area, that doesn't teach this. Overall, I would change ALOT. (0000000371
Anonymous)
I would try to get some articles and information that is more up to date. (0000000731 Anonymous)
I would update the material and make it geared toward a specific area such as Dairy and crops.
(0000000372 Anonymous)
If people could get their CDL (0000000729 Anonymous)
Many of the learning materials we received were outdated. Classes were sometimes very disorganized and
lacked direction. Blackboard was not offered for all courses (which is a great way to keep track of
assignments, grades, learning tools, etc.). In particular classes, we did not receive feedback from previous
assignments, so it was hard to know how we were doing on the subjects presented to us...until it was time
to take a test. At the beginning of the semester there was exciting talk about getting out to different
farms almost every week and actually getting to see and do things hands on...we did go out to farms
sometimes, but not as much as I had expected or would have liked to. Overall I just feel like this program
did not meet my expectations. At least I will have an Associates Degree under my belt though.
(0000000370 Anonymous)
maybe talk more about some things then others (0000000728 Anonymous)
more of a buisness aspect (0000000735 Anonymous)

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The courses could very time consuming at times. They would go over the time limit at times. (0000000730
Anonymous)
The materials being taught to us and to the students that don't come from a animal or crop background so
we can understand it better and pass classes. (0000000373 Anonymous)
Section - Western Technical College Core Abilities
Instructions Provided To Respondents
This section addresses the college core abilities. The core abilities are overall skills that all graduates
should acquire during their experience at Western. Focus on yourself in this segment. As a result of this
program:
3. I have learned effective communication skills.
100%
13
Yes
4. Comments on effective communication skills.
I have learned effective communication skills through work experience as well as through my Written
Communications and Speech classes. I would not accredit my communication skills to the core classes of
this program. (0000000370 Anonymous)
The things that I have learned has allowed me to effectively communicate with growers. (0000000732
Anonymous)
We had a sales class that help teach a little bit on communication. I think I learned best from PAS and
speech for communication. (0000000730 Anonymous)
5. I am able to apply mathematical concepts.
84.6%
11
Yes
15.4%
2
No
6. Comments on application of mathematical concepts.
Being able to mix chemicals and knowing how much is needed for a 500 gallon tank and how many acres
you are doing. (0000000732 Anonymous)
For the most part... (0000000370 Anonymous)
I can use them in financial aspects, as well as in the use of chemicals. (0000000730 Anonymous)
To some degree. mathematical concepts we could of used more time and had a better presentation of it.
(0000000371 Anonymous)
7. I learned how to transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications.
84.6%
11
Yes
15.4%
2
No
8. Comments on transferring social and natural science theories into practical applications.
Coverage of this issue could of used more time. (0000000371 Anonymous)
9. I learned critical thinking skills.
100%
13
Yes

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10. Comments on critical thinking skills.
Critical thinking skills of being out on my own in the feild making desicions that will help me get the job
done better and right in a productive safe way. (0000000732 Anonymous)
11. I have learned to use technology effectively.
76.9%
10
Yes
23.1%
3
No
12. Comments on effective use of technology.
Absolutely Not. Horrible. Western fails miserably in this field. (0000000371 Anonymous)
I have learned how to use the Raven GPS system in the srpayers. (0000000732 Anonymous)
We had a agcomputers course, as well as a ag equipment course that taught several things that could be
valuable. (0000000730 Anonymous)
13. I have learned to value myself and work ethically with others in a diverse population.
100%
13
Yes
14. Comments on valuing self and working ethically in a diverse population.
Being able to take responsibility and staying as late as needed to get the job done. (0000000732
Anonymous)
I am very outgoing as it is, so I have no problem meeting new people. (0000000730 Anonymous)
This part was overbearing though. (0000000371 Anonymous)
15. I am able to make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability.
100%
13
Yes
16. Comments on incorporating the importance of sustainability.
A lot of this comes from my prior practices and beliefs. (0000000370 Anonymous)
At my internship I have learned to make decisions that better the COOP and myself and the people that I
work with. (0000000732 Anonymous)
Since there is a sustainability class at western, probably should make it a course class for Ag students.
Instead of having to take two classes that are very close to being the same. Sociology, Race, ethnics and
diversity. (0000000371 Anonymous)
Section - Specific Program Outcomes
Instructions Provided To Respondents
This section addresses the specific outcomes for your program. Please focus on yourself in this section.
As a result of this program, I learned to:
17. Create a Crop Management Plan.
69.2%
9
Yes
30.8%
4
No

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18. Comments about learning this program outcome.
I dont remember if we did this or not. (0000000734 Anonymous)

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Still need to focus more time on the issue though. To much cramming of other information. (0000000371
Anonymous)
19. Develop an Agribusiness Management Plan.
84.6%
11
Yes
15.4%
2
No
20. Comments about learning this program outcome.
the instructors are very weak in this area (0000000371 Anonymous)
21. Apply economic and marketing strategies to agribusiness industry.
84.6%
11
Yes
15.4%
2
No
22. Comments about learning this program outcome.
Since Western has a business building, their has to be a better way to present this area. weak performance
this is where other instructors are needed. (0000000371 Anonymous)
23. Apply relevant technologies.
84.6%
11
Yes
15.4%
2
No
24. Comments about learning this program outcome.
The program seems to be getting more students that have different interest in Agriculture. So Just
working with animals and registering information related to just animals is a waste of time for students
who don't have a family farm or plan on working on a farm. (0000000371 Anonymous)
25. Create a Livestock Management Plan.
61.5%
8
Yes
38.5%
5
No
26. Comments about learning this program outcome.
27. Investigate opportunities in agribusiness.
100%
13
Yes
28. Comments about learning this program outcome.
A lot of this was self study. It would have been really helpful to delve into the different branches of
agribusiness (visiting various businesses, etc.). (0000000370 Anonymous)
Only thing here though I'm not even sure what I'm qualified to do. Other than work at a coop that doesn't
need a degree if just doing basic jobs. (0000000371 Anonymous)
there are more opportunities out there than I thought before I started the program. (0000000734
Anonymous)

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29. Interact as a professional in agribusiness.
100%
13
Yes

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30. Comments about learning this program outcome.
Section - Conclusion
Instructions Provided To Respondents
Please use this space to share any other feedback, comments, or suggestions about your experience at
Western Technical College.
31. Comments
Ag program needs a lot of work. Having two instructors isn't enough as they are swamped and the
program is getting more students. If the School is going to advertise a special area they NEED TO TEACH
IT! and stop sucking students in that may have different interest in the Ag program as it is basically steered
towards dairy farming and working at a coop as general laborer. Also, Get the students outdoors more
this is a Ag program. (0000000371 Anonymous)
Great program and the instructors are wonderful, the knowledge is there and they know how to pass it on
the students. (0000000732 Anonymous)
It was a good experience. (0000000731 Anonymous)
Like I had said earlier; overall it is really nice to have that Associates Degree on my resume. However if I
had to do it over again I may have chosen a different path (i.e. UW – Madison Short Course, Southwest
Technical, or possibly even UW – Platteville: Animal Science…if distance wasn’t an issue). Really glad to be
finished! (0000000370 Anonymous)
more business infromation would be nice (0000000735 Anonymous)
Thank you Tracy and Warren for teaching me a lot more than I thought I was going to learn and for helping
me when I needed help with homework. The both of you helped me form a really good resume that I'm
very proud of. Thanks again. -Kathryn (0000000734 Anonymous)
We were continuously told of the different places to find jobs, we could also go to the instructors to see if
they knew of any jobs that were open. I know that wherever I end up that I can always go back and get
guidance from them. (0000000733 Anonymous)