Assessment Plan

How we assess whether or not goals were reached

 

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 will have a special meeting once per year (in May) to review the feedback generated over the previous year related to the overall undergraduate program. Changes to the program will be submitted to the faculty for approval based on the action items produced at this meeting. All changes considered will be posted on the web site.

 

Program Assessment Tools (listed by constituency) :

Students:
  1. Yearly meeting with current undergraduates will be held during the MMS banquet and a survey will be passed out soliciting 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 each graduating senior and will report 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. Video tapes and writing examples from the capstone design course.
  6. Web based feedback on a continuous 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
  3. Web based feedback on a continuous basis
Industry:
  1. Yearly meeting with the Industrial Advisory Board will be held to discuss the program and solicit feedback
  2. Employer surveys will be administered by the COE and the results will be provided in a tabulated form
  3. Web based feedback on a continuous basis
Staff
  1. Yearly meeting with staff will be held to discuss the program and solicit feedback
  2. Web based feedback on a continuous basis
Faculty
  1. Yearly special faculty meeting will be 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 is followed by a cognizant faculty meeting. Action items to improve course are created and archived in a cognizant faculty report that is submitted 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 80% of the class passes at the 60% level for a given outcome then no action will be taken. If below that value, the cognizant faculty committee will be expected to recommend changes in the course to address the issue. Only junior and senior level courses will be subject to this data collection because the material in the sophomore level courses are built upon in the subsequent courses. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that all of our graduates have competency by the time they graduate, not at the sophomore level.
  4. Web based feedback on a continuous basis