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Development And Implementation Of An Integrated Outcomes Based Assessment Plan For A New Engineering Program.

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Trends in Mechanical Engineering I

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Mechanical Engineering

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14.465.1 - 14.465.16



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Nidal Al-Masoud Central Connecticut State University


Peter Baumann Central Connecticut State University

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Dr. Baumann is an Associate Professor of Engineering at CCSU. His industrial experience spans 20 years. He is Past Chairman of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee B7 and is on his local ASM International chapter’s Board of Directors. Dr. Baumann received a B.S. in Metallurgy at Penn State, earned an M.S. from MIT Mechanical Engineering, and completed a Ph.D. in Materials Science at Polytechnic University. E-mail:

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Alfred Gates Central Connecticut State University

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This paper describes development of an integrated assessment plan for a new mechanical engineering program as part of the preparation for the first ABET evaluation visit. To assess program learning outcomes and program educational objectives, the department has adopted numerous data collection and evaluation mechanisms. Courses at all levels of the curriculum have been selected to collect data. Course-based Fundamentals of Engineering Exam style tests, lab-based courses, senior capstone design project, field practicum, employer and graduate surveys and industrial advisory board feedback are utilized as assessment tools for both program learning outcomes and program educational objectives. Detailed description of the comprehensive assessment plan, its implementation, up-to-date results and plans for continuous improvement are presented.


The engineering program at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) was started in fall 2006 augmenting existing Engineering Technology programs. The curriculum is designed to provide the student with the necessary tools for a career as a mechanical engineer, an engineering consultant, or for a career at post-graduate studies. The program is designed with two areas of specialization contained within the general degree offering through deliberate choice of electives. Students can opt for specializing in manufacturing or aerospace studies or simply complete the program in general mechanical engineering.

Development of Program Educational Objectives, Outcomes, and Assessment Methods

The Program Educational Objectives (PEO’s) are “broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve ”1. Thus, they apply to what the graduates should accomplish in the work place a few years after the graduation. Therefore, the assessment plan and data collection primarily rely on external constituencies.

The mission of the mechanical engineering program is to provide and sustain a quality, state-of- the-art education in mechanical engineering that enables students to develop specialized knowledge and experience required to practice as professional mechanical engineers or to pursue

Al-Masoud, N., & Baumann, P., & Gates, A. (2009, June), Development And Implementation Of An Integrated Outcomes Based Assessment Plan For A New Engineering Program. Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4844

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