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Course And Program Assessment Methodology For Continuous Improvement

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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TC2K Assessment: How to Really Do It

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10.356.1 - 10.356.9

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Ramesh Narang

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Course and Program Assessment – Methodology for Continuous Improvement

Ramesh Narang Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

To meets the needs of accreditation and for continuous improvement, a methodology has been developed to assess the curriculum in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The methodology consists of assessing the curriculum at two levels of operation, known as the course-level and the program-level of assessment. The course-level assessment consists of evaluating specific learning outcomes more frequently, with multiple measures of direct and indirect assessment. The program-level involves the assessment of more long-term effects of the teaching in the curriculum on student performance in their careers.

At the course-level assessment, the survey of students is focused on each learning outcome being taught and their feedback helps improve the teaching methodology in subsequent offering of the courses. To support this model of assessment and continuous improvement, a standard homework and test questions for each learning outcome have been developed. Any faculty, including part-time faculty, teaching a course have a standard teaching module to use for the course. Even though TAC of ABET does not require this level of detail for course assessment, it was considered it is better to get into greater detail initially and meet the needs of continuous improvement at both the program and course levels.

The paper describes the methodology using a typical theory and lab-oriented course in the Industrial Engineering Technology program. An example of a course assessment summary is shown that meets the needs of assessment and continuous improvement.

Even though the assessment and continuous improvement plan developed is applicable to any engineering technology program, this paper gives an example of the plan as applied to the A.S. degree program in Industrial Engineering Technology.

Program Objectives and Outcomes

The Industrial Engineering Technology program objectives are based on the program criteria for industrial engineering technology1 as established by the Institute of Industrial Engineers. They are consistent with the mission of the university, the mission of the school and the goals of the department. They are determined and periodically evaluated based on the needs of the constituencies served by the programs.

The following objectives2 were revised and approved by the Industrial Advisory Committee.

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

Narang, R. (2005, June), Course And Program Assessment Methodology For Continuous Improvement Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

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