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Benchmarking Ie Programs

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Increasing Enrollment in IE/IET Programs Poster Session

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10.250.1 - 10.250.8



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Jane Fraser

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Session xxxx

Benchmarking IE Programs Jane M. Fraser Colorado State University - Pueblo


Benchmarking is the process of determining what others in the same business as yours are doing. Benchmarking is usually done to determine (and apply) best practices. I have reviewed 101 industrial engineering (IE) programs, by location, size, and other descriptors and I have reviewed the content of their programs. I do not support arguments of the form “we should do it because everyone else does” and I hope that these data will not be used in this way, but these results may provide some ideas for improvement of our programs.

I sought to answer two questions: • What do we agree that IE is? • What are the unique courses we have in our programs?

I acknowledge the help provided by seven years of students who have completed an assignment in the introduction to industrial engineering course that I teach. Each student compares our program to an IE program at another university. Their work provided a valuable starting place for this paper.


I started with the 104 programs listed at as having ABET accredited programs in IE. I made the following three omissions from that list, leaving 101 programs: • Because we changed our name in 2002, my university was listed twice, so I omitted the listing with the old name. • While Kansas State University is listed with two programs (Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Systems Engineering), I could not find the second one at their website, so I omitted that listing. • While Montana State University at Bozeman is listed with two programs (Industrial and Management Engineering and Industrial Engineering), I could not find the first one at their website, so I omitted that listing.

For each program, I recorded: • the number of faculty members, • the department name, • the degree name,

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering

Fraser, J. (2005, June), Benchmarking Ie Programs Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15354

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