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A Systematic Approach to Prepare for ABET Accreditation

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Curriculum Development and Assessment in Chemical Engineering

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Chemical Engineering

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24.118.1 - 24.118.15



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Vincent Wilczynski Yale University

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Vincent Wilczynski is the Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale University. As the Deputy Dean, Dr. Wilczynski helps plan and implement all academic initiatives at the School. In addition, he manages the School’s teaching and research resources and facilities, including establishing the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design. Previously Dr. Wilczynski served as the Dean of Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Dr. Wilczynski served in fellowships at the MIT Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and at the Harvard School of Public Health, and was the National Director of the FIRST Robotics Competition.

His professional interests are in the areas of data acquisition and analysis, mechanical design and virtual teams for product development. He presently serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the FIRST Foundation and on the Naval Engineering in the 21st Century Committee of the National Academy of Engineering. Previously he served as the Vice President of Public Awareness for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as a national officer of the American Society for Engineering Education, and as an evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Dr. Wilczynski was named the 2001 Baccalaureate College Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation, the only national award which recognizes outstanding college teaching.

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Isabella M. Quagliato Yale University: School of Engineering & Applied Science

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Isabella Quagliato joined Yale University in January 2013 as the Program Manager Analyst for the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). After obtaining her B.S. with high honors in Civil Engineering & Structural Design from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, she worked for two years as a structural engineering designer at Dewberry Good-kind, then worked for three years as a structural designer and project manager at Spiegel Zamecnik & Shah Structural Engineers. During this period, she also began pursuing her M.B.A. At Yale, Isabella manages and assists with a number of key SEAS programs and initiatives including the SEAS Advanced Graduate Leadership Program, the ABET accreditation process, the SEAS Leadership Council, undergraduate and graduate recruitment, and SEAS program analysis and peer benchmarking. She has also guided student associations that advance and promote a culture for engineering, overseen the development of the new Engineering Café into an intellectual oasis, and assisted with initiatives sponsored by the new Center for Engineering Innovation & Design.

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A Systematic Approach to ABET AccreditationWhile accreditation is indeed a continual process, the Self Study required for ABETAccreditation is a periodic process that can be facilitated using a systematic approach to conductthe Self Study and generate the report. This paper presents a multi-year approach toaccreditation applied within Yale’s Program of Chemical Engineering to understand theaccreditation policies and procedures, investigate mechanisms to record and track performance,and detail a series of continuous improvements within the program. The systematic approachincludes two key components: the creation of an internal electronic messaging system todistribute information and serve as a repository of submitted work, and a School of Engineeringwide system to track the achievement of Student Outcomes.The electronic messaging system was created to establish and distribute a timeline for the reviewand to serve as a single access point for the process. This system provided guidance from theaccreditation coordinator to members of the Chemical Engineering faculty regardingaccreditation policies and procedures and tracked the Program’s progress while conducting theSelf Study. The system was also used as a portal to distribute draft chapters of the Self Study forreview and as an archived record of the completed work.This paper will also detail a system to track the achievement of Student Outcomes within each ofthe program’s courses. The system takes advantage of the grading mechanism used within eachcourse and aligns individual assignments, exams, labs and reports with specific StudentOutcomes. The performance of each student in the course is used to determine that course’scontribution to achieving each Student Outcome. Because this method is implemented in eachcourse, the data from the individual courses is easily aggregated to provide a comprehensiveassessment of the Program’s performance meeting Student Outcomes. This systematic approachto ABET accreditation has improved the Program’s ability to address issues and manage theaccreditation process.

Wilczynski, V., & Quagliato, I. M. (2014, June), A Systematic Approach to Prepare for ABET Accreditation Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20010

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