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Design And Implementation Of A Mechanical And Aerospace Program Assessment Model

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.192.1 - 5.192.16



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Dick D. Desautel

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Session 1302

Design and Implementation of a Mechanical and Aerospace Program Assessment Model Dick Desautel San Jose State University

Abstract This paper describes both the process and the content we at the SJSU College of Engineering experienced in designing, implementing and testing a model assessment system for engineering programs. Described in the context of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Programs, the paper’s focus is on the assessment system design and development, together with a critique based on pilot testing. More than two year’s development, initiated and coordinated at the college level, were involved in preparation for the SJSU Fall 1999 ABET general review. The assessment system involves three nested assessment and enhancement (A&E) feedback cycles: a course cycle supporting an outcomes cycle that in turn supports the overall degree program and department enhancement cycle. Documentation products and personnel links devised to provide connectivity and effectiveness required considerable evolution and clarification as the development took place; additional revision will occur as a result of the pilot testing used for the ABET review. Significant lessons were learned in terms of educating faculty concerning assessment and achieving faculty participation in, and contributions to, the assessment system. The system appears to work well with minor gaps and adjustments still needing to be addressed. Performance of this system shows it meets accreditation requirements as well as the requirement for a continuous program improvement system.

I. Introduction & Context

This paper reports the process and results by which the College of Engineering and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at San Jose State University developed and implemented a model for engineering program assessment. The MAE model will be reported in generic terms since it is applicable to any engineering program. The COE and MAE development process has been going on for more than two years in preparation for college-wide evaluation visits by ABET in Fall 1999. Regardless of evaluation visit results, the educational experience for faculty and staff in going through the assessment model development process has already made the effort a success.

The SJSU College of Engineering was recently reorganized into five engineering departments hosting nine degree programs of which all but one has historically enjoyed continuous accreditation. Also, the SJSU Department of Aviation and the Division of Technology were recently transferred into the College. As technology programs, they are not involved in the accreditation process incumbent on the engineering programs.

Desautel, D. D. (2000, June), Design And Implementation Of A Mechanical And Aerospace Program Assessment Model Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8264

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