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A Structured Assessment System For An Undergraduate Civil Engineering Program

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.38.1 - 1.38.6



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Stephen J. Ressler

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Thomas Lenox

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Session 1615

A Structured Assessment System for an Undergraduate Civil Engineering Program

Stephen J. Ressler, Thomas A. Lenox United States Military Academy


The purpose of this paper is to describe a comprehensive assessment system, currently in use in the civil engineering program at the United States Military Academy. The system consists of two principal components: (1) a set of eight program objectives; and (2) a wide array of assessment tools, used to routinely evaluate how well the program objectives are being met.


The eight USMA civil engineering program objectives (identified as PO1 through P08) are stated below:

Design, coordinate, and execute a civil engineering program that produces graduates who: q understand the engineering thought process, by which mathematics and science are applied to the solution of technological problems confronting mankind. (PO1) q can solve problems creatively. (P02) q have a broad base of knowledge in civil engineering, represented by the structural, envimnrnental, hydro, and geotechnical discipline areas; and depth of knowledge in the structural or environmental discipline area. (P03) q understand the multi-faceted challenges facing civil engineers in professional practice. (P04) q use the computer effectively and appropriately as a problem-solving tool. (P05) q write and speak effectively. (P06) q are prepared for and motivated toward continued intellectual and professional growth. (P07) Develop and maintain a faculty that serves as a model of professional excellence for our cadets. (P08)

Objectives PO1 through P07 emanate directly from the institution’s published Academic Program Goals. These objectives are focused on the principal products of our program--our graduates--and on the qualities and skills we expect them to possess as a direct consequence of their undergraduate education. The relatively broad scope of the objectives reflects the fact that our graduates will all serve as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army, and therefore must possess capabilities well beyond the mastery of the technical aspects of civil engineering.

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Ressler, S. J., & Lenox, T. (1996, June), A Structured Assessment System For An Undergraduate Civil Engineering Program Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6294

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