June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
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Development of Performance Criteria for Assessing Program Outcomes in Engineering, Engineering Technology and Computer Science Programs
Abstract This paper presents the development and the use of performance criteria that could be used for detailed assessment of specific students’ performance in the program outcomes listed for Engineering programs (EAC Criterion 3, a-k outcomes), Engineering Technology programs (TAC Criterion 2, a-k outcomes) and Computer Science programs (CAC criterion 1, a-i outcomes). Performance criteria have been used to break down each program outcome into concrete measurable actions students are expected to be able to perform to demonstrate proficiency in the outcome. For each of the listed outcomes for the ABET Accreditation bodies, detailed performance criteria are presented in this paper. Suggestions on how the performance criteria can be used in a program are described in detail to allow selective adoption of the performance criteria for different programs and for different courses. The methodology for defining and using the performance criteria enables faculty to (1) fully understand the outcomes, (2) understand a range of performance criteria that need to be measured for each outcome, and (3) remove any ambiguity in the interpretation of the outcomes. In addition, it makes it possible to identify the critical skill-sets to measure for each outcome and makes assessment meaningful to the various programs.
Introduction In the advent of EC 2000, Engineering, Engineering Technology and Computer Science programs have grappled with methods for assessing the ABET outcomes, especially those skills which are not taught in the traditional programs. Even though several assessment methods have been published in the literature(1, 2, 3, 4) for assessing outcomes, there is still a need to establish concrete performance criteria for the outcomes to make the interpretation of assessment results meaningful. Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent5 have provided useful references that provide additional suggestions for defining performance criteria for the outcomes discussed in this paper.
Performance criteria are specific measurable statements that indicate the actions or competencies students should be able to perform or possess at the end of the measurement period. Defining performance criteria for each program outcome is important because it (1) delineates specific statements that identify concrete measurable actions students should be able to perform to meet the outcome, (2) clearly states what needs to be measured, (3) provides common understanding among the faculty on the interpretation of an outcome, thereby removing any ambiguity in the interpretation of an outcome, (4) informs students of the expectations from the outcome, (5) provides focus on the type of data to be collected, (6) provides validity to the assessment results, (7) clearly identifies specific problem areas to be addressed as a result of the assessment process.
To ensure that the performance criteria developed can be used by different programs, they were developed based on the program outcomes for Engineering (ABET Criterion 3, a-k outcomes), Engineering Technology (TAC Criterion 2, a-k outcomes) and Computer Science (CAC criterion 1, a-i outcomes). The program outcomes from the three ABET Accreditation Commissions were analyzed and grouped based on similarities. The performance criteria were developed for each
Biney, P., & Kommalapati, R., & Gyamerah, M., & Annamalai, A., & Obiomon, P., & Peng, X., & Ketkar, M., & Sarker, N., & Iyengar, R. (2008, June), Development Of Performance Criteria For Assessing Program Outcomes In Engineering, Engineering Technology & Computer Science Programs Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3793
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