Assessment and Quality Improvement
Assessment of Program Educational Objectives, Learning Outcomes and CourseCompetencies
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in
conjunction with its constituencies (the University
Administration, College of Engineering and Technology, department
faculty, students, graduate programs, and employers), has set forth
. These objectives define the life and career
accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. Regular assessment is conducted by the department in
order to measure the degree to which graduates achieve these
objectives. Assessment instruments include alumni surveys, employer
surveys, and evaluation by the Department External Advisory Board,
consisting of representatives from industry and academia who assist
the program in its quality assurance efforts.
To prepare graduates to achieve the program educational objectives,
the department has established program learning
, which define the skills, attributes, and knowledge that students
should possess upon graduation.
Student achievement of the learning outcomes is measured through
course competency assessments, online university student learning
evaluations, senior surveys and exit interviews, and other assessment
instruments. Each course in the curriculum has associated with it one or more
competencies, or specific skill, attrribute, or knowledge that
supports a program learning outcome. These competencies are taught
and assessed in each course in the undergraduate curriculum.
Course competencies for each class are listed on the
program class web page.
Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement
Assessment data is evaluated by the program faculty to ensure that
students have achieved the program learning outcomes at the time of
graduation, and that alumni are attaining the program educational
objectives after graduation. Improvements are made where needed to the program
curriculum, classroom instruction, advisement, senior projects,
laboratory exercises, and undergraduate research activities.
Periodically, the program educational objectives are
reviewed and revised to ensure that the needs of the program constituencies are
met, and if needed, the outcomes are modified to ensure that
graduates are prepared to achieve the program educational objectives.
The Electrical Engineering Baccalaureate Program and the Computer
Engineering Baccalaureate Program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., http://www.abet.org.
(June 26, 2008)