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Demonstrating Student Outcomes: Evidence by Sampling

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Learning and Assessment III

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Mechanical Engineering

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25.384.1 - 25.384.9



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Craig W. Somerton Michigan State University

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Demonstrating Student Outcomes: Evidence by Sampling AbstractCriterion 4 of the ABET Criteria For Accrediting Engineering Programs states, “Theprogram must regularly use appropriate, documented processes for assessing andevaluating the extent to which both the program educational objectives and the studentoutcomes are being attained.” A key aspect of this criterion is that the program mustprovide evidence demonstrating that the student outcomes (formerly known as programoutcomes) have been achieved. ABET will accept many things as evidence, includingboth direct and indirect measures. As a mechanical engineering evaluator, the author hasnoted that some programs collect an enormous amount of evidence, to the level that thereare concerns about the sustainability of the assessment process. This is especiallyworrisome at research universities where the reward structure provides little, if any,recognition for these types of efforts. The author’s own program uses a samplingapproach for outcome evidence, which significantly reduces the burden on the faculty.This paper focuses on this sampling approach and shares what the program has learned inemploying such an approach.

Somerton, C. W. (2012, June), Demonstrating Student Outcomes: Evidence by Sampling Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21142

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