Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Broadly stated, academic program accountability measures value created versus cost. Value is determined by social and economic needs of community, state, and region. The university, college, community, faculty, and students are program stakeholders vested in accountability. Advisory boards represent external stakeholders. ABET is a stakeholder because accountability is the basis for accreditation. Costs reflect resource requirements to address complex endogenous and exogenous challenges that require strategies for allocating resources, and monitoring and adapting strategies to ensure program accountability.
This paper presents an organizational platform and tools for leveraging accountability in ABET accredited programs. The concept is based on W. Edwards Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge (SPK) proposed in the 1990’s by Deming as a means for reinventing government as a customer-driven service.
The SPK monitors metrics for academic program efficiency and effectiveness; compresses time to collect, summarize, and analyze program data; and identifies at-risk students in a timely manner. An earlier version of the SPK received critical acclaim in an ABET visit. Enhancements presented in the paper resolved limitations of the earlier version. Faculty consensus was the SPK required minimal overhead and allowed more time for other activities.
Elizandro, D., & Huddleston, D. H. (2018, June), A Systems Approach to Accredited Program Accountability in Regional Universities Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29739
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