June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Electrical and Computer
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ABET Compliance Tracking System (ACTS)There is nearly universal agreement among engineering educators that the ABET2000 rules,although very well intentioned, have unintentionally increased the workload associates withdocumenting that all ABET outcomes (a through k) are met, and that a process of continuousimprovement is in place. Although there is no magic wand to completely eliminate all of thedocumentation and record keeping, organization and technology can be used to considerablyreduce the time needed for this ongoing self-assessment process. Towards this end, ourdepartment of electrical and computer engineering has created a WEB hosted database system,referred to as ACTS, for ABET Compliance Tracking System. To develop the system, thedepartment faculty first agreed upon the program outcomes for both the electrical engineeringprogram and computer engineering programs. Although these outcomes were originally areorganization of the ABET a-k, based on a recommendation of the ABET accreditation team infall 2006, these outcomes have recently been reformulated directly as ABET a-k, plus someadditional outcomes. Then all required courses in each major were examined to determineaspects of each courses supported which ABET outcomes. From these aspects, performancecriteria were identified for each course. These performance criteria are periodically reviewedby the undergraduate committee, and then the faculty as a whole, to determine if changesshould be made. Within each course, particular exam questions, homework problems and/orlabs (course outcomes) are linked to these performance criteria. At the end of each semester,faculty are asked to enter tabular data about the performance of their students for their courseoutcomes. The tabular data is organized by the percentage of students at various levels ofperformance, ranging from “not meeting the minimum level expected” to “student demonstratesthorough understanding.” The faculty are also expected to enter comments about studentpreparation for the course and suggestions to the undergraduate studies committee for curricularchanges. These password projected entries can be made to ACTS from any computerconnected to the internet. The faculty meet as a group at least once per semester to review theACTS entries, discuss what changes should be made in the curriculum and the performancecriteria themselves. The system is maintained as a database, and periodically backed up.Although ACTS does not completely eliminate the work associated with self assessment, thevery organized method, with convenient access, and convenient methods for organizingsummary data, has made the ABET assessment process considerably easier.
Zahorian, S., & Summerville, D. H., & Craver, S., & Elmore, M. (2011, June), ABET Compliance Tracking System (ACTS) Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17409
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