PPM Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can communicate effectively in an industry environment composed of scientists, engineers, and business professionals.
  2. Students can contribute productively on an interdisciplinary team tackling complex problems.
  3. Students have the core business analysis and management knowledge needed for the bioscience industry and can assume leadership roles in realizing the goals of technical and business projects.
  4. Students understand the business, research and development, regulatory, production, and marketing functions of the bioscience industry.
  5. Students understand the translation of basic science and engineering discoveries into products and processes, which benefit society. 
  6. Students adhere to ethical principles in research, development and business issues inherent in the bioscience industries

PPM Program Assessment Plan

Table 1: Formative Assessment of required courses

Course Direct assessment Indirect assessment measures When assessed?
ALS350 Finance and Accounting Problem sets, exams Student course evaluations Direct assessments are done during the course in the fall semester; course evaluations are done at end of course
ALS351 Corporate Finance Problem sets, exams, financial Student course evaluations Direct assessments are done during the course in the spring semester; course evaluations are done at end of course
ALS354 Business Strategy Written assignments, in-class activities, class discussion Student course evaluations Direct assessments are done during the course in the spring semester; course evaluations are done at end of course
ALS359 Intro to Bioscience Business Written assignments, in-class activities, class discussion, industry team project, 360 evaluations Student course evaluations Direct assessments are done during the course in the fall semester; course evaluations are done at end of course
ALS595 Professional Development for Scientists Written assignments, class discussion Student course evaluations Direct assessments are done during the course in the fall semester; course evaluations are done at end of course

 

PPM Program Learning Outcomes

The PPM program is a one-year degree designed for life science PhD holders and medical doctors seeking to develop careers in the life science industries.  Program learning outcomes for the degree are reviewed in table 1.  As a PhD or MD is required to enter the program, mastery of program learning outcome 5, “students value the translation of basic science and engineering discoveries into products and processes, which benefit society,” is achieved through having a life science PhD or MD degree, and this program learning outcome is not assessed within the program.

Table 1 reviews assignments used to assess student learning across the six program learning outcomes. We used the general PPM assessment plan to select these assignments, which covered the five program learning outcomes.  With one exception, rubrics were used to assess student learning for all assignments. The exception is corporate finance, for which the final exam score was used.  Rubrics generally used a scoring system focused on the categories “exceptional”, “proficient”, “emerging”, and “unacceptable.”  For the corporate finance exam, scores in the 90 to 100 range were coded as “exceptional”, “ 80 to 89” as “proficient”,”70 to 79” as “emerging” and scores below 70 as “unacceptable.”

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PPM Program Graduation Statistics

Graduation rates have been consistently high with a 96% average over the past 5 years (see table 2).

The PPM program is small, typically with between 3 and 10 students matriculating each year.  Our review covers all students active in the program during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years.  There were 12 students active during this period, though we have missing data for some students that are completing courses during the Spring Semester of 2017.

 

Table 2: PPM Graduation Rates (2011-2017)

PPM
Starting Semester
(Fall or Spring
Initial Enrollment (Total) On Time Graduation Rate (Male) On Time Graduation Rate (Female) Total On-Time Graduation Rate
2011-12 12 8/8 4/4 100%
2012-13 24 10/10 14/14 100%
2013-14 13 7/7 5/6 92%
2014-15 10 4/4 5/6 90%
2015-16 13 6/7 6/6 90%
2016-17 6 1/1 Fall admit completed May 2017
2/2 Spring admits expected to complete in December 2017
2/2 Fall admit completed May 2017
1/1 Spring admits expected to complete in December 2017
N/A
      Average On-Time Graduation Rate (2011-2016) 96%
PPM students may enroll in fall or spring, and if full time would be graduate on time after 2 semesters.