June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.36.1 - 11.36.24
The seven engineering technology (ET) programs at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) were due for a TAC of ABET re-accreditation visit in the fall of 2004. This was the first year in which all of the visits would occur using the TC2K criteria. Three of these programs are housed in the Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology and Packaging Science Department (MMET/PS). The department chose to have the three programs use the same continuous improvement process, adjusted for the mission of each program.
RIT is a private non-profit university in upstate New York, with approximately 15,000 (headcount) students. The engineering technology programs are housed in the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST), with a focus on both technology and service. CAST has approximately 3,200 headcount students, with 1,550 of these in ET or related programs. MMET/PS has about 900 headcount students, with 625 of these students enrolled in undergraduate ET programs.
The three TAC of ABET accredited ET programs in MMET/PS are Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology. The three programs share the same liberal arts, mathematics, physics, introductory chemistry, free and technical electives, and mechanical and manufacturing core of courses. Each of the programs also has a series of courses particular to the needs of its intended students and employers.
The three programs chose to have their program educational objectives written in very similar terms. They also chose to use the TAC A-K program outcomes, expanding outcome “A” to include each of the components required by the applicable program criteria. Each of the programs also chose a few additional program outcomes particular to their anticipated students and employers.
CAST and each of the ET departments trained its faculty and administrators in TC2K through a series of activities. An expert in TC2K presented a general one-day seminar to all ET faculty and administrators. The associate dean, department chairs, program chairs and selected faculty attended many of the ABET and ASEE training events. Three of the ET faculty have been trained as TAC of ABET program evaluators and have participated in the evaluation of programs at other universities.
Johnson, D., & Merrill, R., & Scudder, J., & Stratton, J., & Sutherland, G. (2006, June), A Continuous Improvement Process For A Large Multi Program Engineering Technology Department Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/687
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