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Development and Implementation of an Automated Course and Program Assessment Tool (ACAT)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Something New??? within Engineering Design Graphics Education

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Engineering Design Graphics

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26.513.1 - 26.513.21



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Timothy Daniel Kostar Daniel Webster College

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Education: BSME, MME, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Composite Materials

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering: Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH, (2010-Present).

Senior Composite Aerospace Engineer and Program Manager: Fiber Materials, Inc., Biddeford, ME, (2007–2009).

Senior Engineer and Program Manager: Mentis Science, Inc., Manchester, NH, (2005–2006).

Visiting Assistant Professor: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts – Lowell, Lowell, MA, (2003-2004).

Design and Advanced Materials Engineer: Advanced Mechanical Design Section, G.E. Aircraft Engines, General Electric Corp., Cincinnati, OH, (2000-2002).

Project Engineer and Program Manager: Composites Technology Division, Foster-Miller, Inc., Waltham, MA, (1998-2000).

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John Glossner Daniel Webster College

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Dr. John Glossner is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Daniel Webster College. He also serves as CEO of Optimum Semiconductor Technologies. Prior to joining OST John co-founded Sandbridge Technologies and served as EVP & CTO. Prior to Sandbridge, John managed both technical and business activities in DSP and Broadband Communications at IBM and Lucent/Starcore. John was also an adjunct professor at Lehigh University. John received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from TU Delft in the Netherlands, M.S degrees in E.E. and Eng. Mgt from NTU, and a B.S.E.E. degree from Penn State. He has more than 120 publications and 36 issued patents.

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Linda Marquis Daniel Webster College

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Linda Marquis teaches English composition courses at Daniel Webster College and is the communications specialist for engineering courses. For the latter role, she instructs engineering students in oral and written communications, helping them to advance these skills in their fields. Ms. Marquis has expertise in marketing communications and public relations for the high-technology industry.

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Nicholas Bertozzi Daniel Webster College

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Nick Bertozzi is a Professor of Engineering at Daniel Webster College (DWC) and Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS). His major interest over the past 18 years has been the concurrent engineering design process, an interest that was fanned into flame by attending an NSF faculty development workshop in 1996 led by Ron Barr and Davor Juricic. Nick has a particular interest in helping engineering students develop good communications skills and has made this a SECS priority. Over the past ten years he and other engineering and humanities faculty colleagues have mentored a number of undergraduate student teams who have co-authored and presented papers and posters at Engineering Design Graphics Division (EDGD) and other ASEE, CDIO (, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) meetings as well. Nick was delighted to serve as the EDGD program chair for the 2008 ASEE Summer Conference and as program co-chair with Kathy Holliday-Darr for the 68th EDGD Midyear meeting at WPI in October 2013. Nick is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the ASEE EDGD.

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Development and Implementation of an Automated Course and Program Assessment Tool (ACAT)Higher education assessment is typically addressed at three levels: course, program, andinstitution. The assessment process identifies data measurements that, if performed manually,would require significant effort. Commercial products that aid parts of the assessment processexist but may not fully support legacy systems. A developmental Automated Course AssessmentTool (ACAT), tailored to the needs of the authors’ institution, is being developed.The tool automatically connects to the existing Learning Management System (LMS), removingpotential duplicate entry errors. The tool also automatically computes course outcomes and theassociated weighted mapping of performance indicators, removing the time- consuming burdenfrom educators. The tool performs basic statistical analysis, correlation studies and automaticallygenerates an assessment summary table. The tool optionally takes into account “No SubmitAnalysis” when generating statistical results.The preliminary work for this project was presented at the 69th Engineering Design GraphicsDivision Midyear Meeting in October 2014. Additional features and functionality are beingadded, including time series analysis for semester-by-semester comparison of student success inmeeting course learning outcomes, augmenting the LMS database to include future plans forcourse improvement, overall outcomes assessment based on weightings, and product integrationfor assessment of program-level outcomes. The tool will be beta tested on data collected in thefall 2014 semester. The results of the ACAT application for freshmen and senior engineeringdesign courses will be included.

Kostar, T. D., & Glossner, J., & Marquis, L., & Bertozzi, N. (2015, June), Development and Implementation of an Automated Course and Program Assessment Tool (ACAT) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23851

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