Program Learning Outcomes
By using various assessment tools and/or rubrics within the classroom, American Public University System (APUS) is able to capture a snapshot of students’ success in fulfilling their program outcomes. Signature assignments, generally in the final course of a program, are used to assess students’ proficiency in meeting each program outcome (PO). In order to show proficiency in an area, a student must achieve a score of 85% or greater. American Public University System strives to have 70% or more (university benchmark) of our students reaching the 85% proficiency standard. When this benchmark isn't met, action is taken to improve curriculum and instruction to better serve our students. The below chart shows combined results of M.S. Space Studies students at APUS.
- PO#1- Develop an appreciation of the foundations and importance of space studies in the role of human space exploration/understanding of the cosmos.
- PO#2- Analyze quantitative and qualitative research and statistical data related to the support of aerospace science, astronomy, or space policy concepts.
- PO#3- Assess the history, chronology, and concepts for placing manned and unmanned vehicles in space.
- PO#4- Evaluate the importance of remote sensing satellites used to observe our Earth and other celestial bodies in the Solar System.
- PO#5- Synthesize the psychological and physiological elements necessary to support human life in the space environment, including spacesuit design/development.
End of Program Survey
Student satisfaction is extremely important at American Public University System. Students are asked to complete a survey at the conclusion of their program to give insight on their experience. Below are anonymous, self-reported results, from the End of Program survey, for students in the M.S. Space Studies Program.