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Examining the Use of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments for Continuous Improvement

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

ETAC/ABET Related Issues

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Engineering Technology

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Page Numbers

26.708.1 - 26.708.20



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Mark A. Laingen Illinois State University

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Mark is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at Illinois State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Agricultural Technologies from Iowa State University. Mark currently sits on the board for the Illinois Drafting Educators Assocciation (IDEA), and the ISU Department of Technology Curriculum Committee. Mark’s research interests include 3-Dimensional Visualization & Solid Modeling, Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, Additive manufacturing processes, Power Technologies, and Workplace Competency Assessment.

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Steven A. Freeman Iowa State University

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Steven A. Freeman, PhD, CSP is a Univesity Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. His research is expertise is in occupational safety and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Thomas J Brumm Iowa State University

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Tom Brumm is Associate Professor in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He holds the positions of Professor-In-Charge of Online Learning for the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Director of Assessment in the College of Engineering. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering with a Chemical Engineering minor from Iowa State University, with an M.S. and B.S. in Agricultural Engineering.

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Mack Shelley Iowa State University Orcid 16x16

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Mack Shelley holds the titled position of University Professor of Political Science, Statistics, and School of Education. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching focuses on public policy. He has extensive experience with grants- and contracts-funded research and evaluation for federal and state agencies, and for nonprofit organizations.

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EXAMINING THE USE OF ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP WORKPLACE COMPETENCY ASSESSMENTS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT. This study explored how workplace competency assessment data from internship studentsand their supervisors, collected by College of Engineering programs between fall 2001 throughfall 2011 are applied toward continuous improvement practices. The continuous improvementprocess is integral to the accreditation and evaluation of the engineering curriculum. This mixedmethods study examined three separate practices using internship workplace competencyassessment ratings in the continuous improvement process. The study examined how assessmentrankings of the internship students’ workplace competency strengths and weakness have changedfrom the 2001-05 assessment terms in the past accreditation cycle, to the 2006-11 assessmentterms of the most recent accreditation cycle. In addition, this study examined competencyachievement percentages related to the ABET Criterion 3 (a-k) outcomes across the sametimeline. The third part of the study investigated how workplace competency assessment data areused to support continuous improvement for program curricula in the College of Engineering.The intent of the study was to gain better understanding of how the workplace competencyassessment data has benefited the continuous improvement process that enhances studentlearning. The results can also provide suggestions to programs in the early stages of developingnew program evaluation techniques.

Laingen, M. A., & Freeman, S. A., & Brumm, T. J., & Shelley, M. (2015, June), Examining the Use of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments for Continuous Improvement Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24045

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