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Assessment of ABET Student Outcomes During Industrial InternshipsThe Paper Science and Engineering (PSEN) program at UW-Stevens Point has had a three-creditindustrial internship requirement for the last 35 years. Assessment of this requirement wasaccomplished by having each student write a lengthy paper covering the technology of the pulpand paper industry and the processes and products of the mill in which the student worked. Thisassessment method worked well until roughly ten years ago, when mills began retaining thereports, claiming that they contained proprietary information. At the time, the faculty decided toshare the rubric that was used to evaluate the students’ papers with the mill supervisors so thatthey would have a standard by which they could “grade” the students’ papers, as well as anevaluation form to provide feedback on the students’ work in the mill.A new approach to the assessment of these internships has been developed and used this year.Taking advantage of the capabilities of the online course management system Desire-2-Learn,students now respond to sixteen questions about their internship work while they are in the mill.These responses help students to remember the activities performed during the entire internship.When they return to campus, students build electronic portfolios that document their internshipwork, specifically addressing how their internship helped them to develop skills in several of theABET Student Outcomes for the PSEN program. These portfolios provide evidence that thefaculty can use to assess the level of achievement of the outcomes associated with theseinternships.This paper describes the assessment method in more detail, and the presentation will include ademonstration of the technology.
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