THE ASBOG FUNDAMENTALS OF GEOLOGY EXAMINATION: NEW DEVELOMENTS IN DATA ANALYSIS AND PRESENTATION, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR GEOSCIENCE PROGRAM ASSESSMENT, ACCREDITATION, AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
Routine statistical analyses are conducted to evaluate the relationship between these background variables and success/failure rates. Some examples of the types of data evaluation and conclusions are:
- Passing rates for candidates with different education levels - An average of 58% of all candidates passed the FG Exam
- Candidates with advanced degrees were more likely to pass the FG Exam compared to candidates with no degree (seniors) or a BA/BS degree
- Candidates taking the FG Exam for the first time were more likely to pass relative to candidates taking the exam two or more times
- There are significant differences in candidate performance based on reported graduation date of the BS/BA degree
A long-term goal of our data collection program is to provide important statistical information to Geoscience programs nationwide regarding the performance of their graduates. For example, we can provide temporal performance data for candidates of a specific Geoscience Department in each of the eight content domain areas (General/Field Geology, Min/Pet/Geochemistry, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy/Paleontology, Geomorphology, Structure/Tectonics/Seismology, Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, Economic/Energy Resources) of the FG Exam, and compare these results against the national passing rates and performance in each content domain area. A new, menu-driven, graphing application, programmed in Microsoft Access, will be presented that allows Geoscience Departments to use their FG data for program review, assessment, and modification. ASBOG® plans to distribute the data to qualifying Geoscience Departments in 2014.