Examples of Improvements
The Ph.D. Program in Environmental Science is continuing to grow. This growth is partially due to increased recognition of the Program at both the regional and national level as a result of recruitment efforts. Environmental science faculty often attend professional meetings for recruitment purposes. We have consistently graduated students since 2001 and they have been successful in gaining employment. Their opinions of the program are assessed using an exit survey and results of the survey are reviewed by the Executive Committee to maintain the quality of the program and to ensure that program goals are being met. In order to continually attract quality students, the Executive Committee has secured an increase in teaching assistantship stipends from $14,000 to $18,500 per year in an attempt to attract additional students.