San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.211.1 - 25.211.9
Assessing a Unique Engineering Undergraduate Degree ProgramThe ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree program at______ University allows students to customize their degree curriculum. This degreeprogram serves 1) students who have very specific career goals that are not met with atraditional engineering degree offered by the university; 2) students who want a generalengineering degree to provide a technical foundation for other advanced degrees in areassuch as law, medical field, and policy; and 3) students who want a degree in a newemerging, interdisciplinary field.The BSE degree program consists of an Engineering Fundamentals core, a technicalemphasis, and a set of directed electives, along with the required courses in math andsciences, general education, and free electives. This allows students to select up to 40%of their degree path (under the supervision of an academic advisor and the BSEGovernance Committee), allowing them to customize their engineering degree.Alternatively, students may choose from one of the predefined paths in the BSE programwhich currently include: Service Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, andGeospatial Engineering.Due to the flexible nature of this degree, it is challenging to assess if Program Outomes(ABET a-k) are being met as each degree may be different. Additionally, many of thecourses students take are housed outside of the department and we don’t want to tax otherdepartments with assessment of our students. In an effort to assess student learningoutcomes from the Engineering Fundamentals Core, we have implemented a corecompetency exam which must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in a seniordesign project course. This core competency exam includes material covered by theEngineering Fundamentals Core Courses. The first cohort of students will take this examin Fall 2011.This paper will discuss the BSE degree and assessment of this degree program. Specialemphasis will be given to the development, implementation, and usefulness of the BSECore Competency Exam in assessing Program Outcomes.
Hamlin, A., & Kampe, J. M., & Monte, A. E., & Hamlin, B., & Oppliger, D. E. (2012, June), Assessing a Unique Engineering Undergraduate Degree Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20971
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