Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition

Publication Date

2012

City

San Antonio, TX

Abstract

As part of continuous improvement of the program and ABET accreditation requirements, direct assessment methods of student outcomes are necessary and quite illustrative in terms of describing student learning. Direct assessment methods range from evaluating student performance on locally prepared examinations or standardized tests to assessing student portfolios or performing performance appraisals. Choice of the methods depends on a range of factors including number of students in the program, impact on faculty workload and appropriateness of sample size. One of the challenges in implementing a successful direct assessment process is engaging the faculty and achieving a high level of participation and support. Here we describe the development and successful implementation of direct assessment processes for a large mechanical engineering program with 1340 students and 36 faculty at a land-grant, research intensive doctoral granting university. This process was piloted in Spring 2011 to identify potential issues, which were addressed and is now fully implemented. Assessment of the process itself indicates high level of faculty satisfaction and involvement, suggesting that the process is a sustainable one.

Comments

This is a conference proceeding from Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (2012): 1. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

ASEE

Language

en

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