Assessment Plan

How we ensure that our Program Educational Objectives are consistent with the needs of our constituencies and how we assess whether or not students achieve the outcomes by the time they graduate.

 

Role of the undergraduate committee:

The undergraduate committee will collect and analyze all of the information that is solicited or unsolicited by the program constituents. They report out to the entire faculty during our yearly retreat (usually in May) to review the feedback generated over the previous year related to the overall undergraduate program. Changes to the program are submitted to the faculty for approval based on the action items produced at this meeting. All changes are updated on our web site.

 

Program Assessment Tools (listed by constituency) :

Students:
  1. Yearly town hall meeting with department chair to discuss issues and to solicit suggestions to improve the program.

  2. Senior surveys (graduating seniors fill this survey out before coming to their senior audit). The COE administers this program and provides the results in a tabulated form

  3. Exit interviews. The MSE chair interviews a sampling of graduating seniors and reports the results to the undergraduate committee.

  4. Student course surveys. Administered by Evaluation and Examination (E&E). The appropriate ABET related questions are asked for each course and E&E provides results in a tabulated form.

  5. Undergraduate member of our undergraduate committee provides rapid input to the faculty on a monthly basis.

Alumni:
  1. Alumni surveys. The COE administers this program and provides the results in a tabulated form.

  2. Yearly meeting with the alumni committee will be held to discuss the program and solicit feedback.

Faculty:
  1. Yearly faculty retreat is held to discuss the program and solicit feedback. Program changes will be submitted to the faculty by the Undergraduate Committee for approval.

  2. Course postmortems: End of term assessment via an instructor report. Action items to improve course are created and archived via submission to the UG committee within one month after each term a course is taught.

  3. Student achievement data (due at the end of the term): The instructor of each course will collect graded data for specific assignments (homework problems, exam questions, project reports, etc.) that relate to each program outcome that the course is charged with providing. Passing is defined as scoring 60% or better on the metric (perfection = 100%) used by the instructor for that outcome. If the class average is above the 60% level for a given outcome then no action will be taken. If below that value, a cognizant faculty committee will be convened and charged with recommending changes in the course to address the issue. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that all of our graduates have achieved the student outcomes by the time they graduate.