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Assessment College of Engineering A Key for Accreditation February 11, 2009
Why do Assessment What are the students actually learning? How can we teach better? Are we teaching the right stuff according to our stakeholders? Does learning the material lead to successful alumni
Terms Learning outcome – what the students can do (or not) by the time that they finish the experience Program objective – what the students can do (or not) at the 3-5 year mark after graduation Metric – measurement that can be used to assess the attainment of either an outcome or an objective
ABET Criteria Students - System to evaluate and monitor performance Objectives - System to determine objectives covering all constituents Outcomes - System to evaluate whether ABET educational Outcomes are met and directions for improvement Professional - System to ensure sufficient curriculum content Faculty - Competency, advising, service, practice Facilities - Classrooms, labs, modern tools, computing infrastructure Institutional Support - Funding for faculty, operations, capital Program Specific Criteria - Presented by professional societies for each discipline
Criterion 3 - Educational Outcomes Students should have the ability to: a.Apply mathematics, science, engineering principles b.Design and conduct experiments and interpret data c.Design a system, component, or process to meet desired nee d.Function on multidisciplinary teams e.Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems f.Understand professional and ethical responsibility g.Communicate effectively h.Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global context i.Recognize need and to engage in life-long learning j.Know contemporary issues k.Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
ABET – 4 questions Do you have a process for determining program objectives ? Do you have a process for assessing attainment of program objectives? Do you have a process for determining learning outcomes? Do you have a process for assessing attainment of learning outcomes and feeding back results to improve?
What ABET is looking for!!! Objective process in place that provides for: –Definition of desired measurable objectives with input from stakeholders –Collection of data linked to objectives –Analysis of data and evaluation of results –Implementation of changes Output process in place that provides for: –Definition of desired measurable outcomes –Collection of data linked to outcomes –Analysis of data and evaluation of results –Implementation of changes
Objective Process Who are your stakeholders? How do you measure 3-5 years after graduation? How do you implement a feedback process? –Frequency of change –Process for collecting and evaluating measurements –Going back to stakeholders
Iterative Improvement Process Define Outcomes Measure Outcomes Analyze Propose Program Changes
Example OUTCOMES SIE 265 Engineering Management 1 265.1 Understanding of concepts of the time value of money and interest rates. 265.1.1 Ability to define the following different interest rates: discount rate, inflation rate, prime lending rate, federal funds rate, rate of return, MARR 265.1.2 Ability to compute the equivalent value of a cash flow series at any point in time including time 0 (present value) and time N (future value) 265.2 Ability to analyze cash flow series using decision criteria of present worth, annual equivalent, and internal rate of return. 265.2.1 Ability to compute PW(i) for a cash flow series 265.2.2 Ability to compute AE(i) for a cash flow series 265.2.3 Ability to compute IRR for a simple investment 265.2.4 Knowledge of the correct decision criteria for each of the above computations 265.2.5 Knowledge of the assumptions concerning the use of the above criteria
Metrics for Outcomes Exam Questions Design Report Evaluation Oral presentation Evaluation National Examination External Evaluation Reports Placement Evaluation (companies and graduate programs) Alumni metrics
Key Ideas Surveys typically measure attitudes and not outcomes. A student cannot self- evaluate knowledge in our systems Each Metric has a “pass standard” and we are looking to increase the number of students that meet the standard Multiple metrics for each outcome and you must set a standard for the entire outcome
Linking Metrics and Outcomes
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