The Department of Physics at Kenyon College aims to provide Kenyon students with a rigorous and lively program of instruction in physics within the liberal arts context of the College. To this end, we aspire to several goals:
To assess graduating physics majors’ attainment of these goals, we consider the following data:
To analyze the evidence collected, all full-time faculty members teaching in the department meet at the end of the spring semester to discuss student performance on the measures enumerated above, comparing student scores, performance on senior capstone presentations and orals, and work in upper level courses (direct measures) with expectations and performance of former graduates at the same stage in their careers. Faculty members discuss these direct measures, along with indirect measures (exit interviews, etc.), and use the discussion to consider possible changes to the curriculum and/or co-curriculum of the department. Recommendations and requests for resources are then communicated to the administration via DOAReports, Annual Reports, R&R requests, and personal communications with the Provost and Associate Provosts.