June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
15.550.1 - 15.550.12
Experience in Implementation of NSF Web-based Technology Projects in Curriculum, Course, and Laboratory Development for First Time ABET Accreditation
The new Applied Engineering Technology Program at Drexel University received a first-time program accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The self-study team was able to create a thorough and effective plan to assess the processes used for the ABET accreditation. The mission of the program is to provide contemporary students with an academic foundation and practical education in engineering technology through an outstanding curriculum and applied research program, and the participation of our students in one of the nation’s most successful co- operative educational programs. Capitalizing on the success of the implementation of Web- based technology in the AET curriculum through the support of NSF CCLI Phase 1 and 2 projects since 2004, the quality of curriculum, course offerings, and laboratory facilities are improved to meet the program mission. The curriculum has been designed to incorporate web- based technology in our coursework: virtual simulation, experiments, and programming. Another successful element of the self-study and site visit preparation process was to document results from the NSF project outcomes to help insure that Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) were being satisfied, as required by the accrediting body. A sample of the graphical tools used to identify, track, collect, analyze, and report various outcomes as they relate to recent graduates of our AET Program is provided.
The Applied Engineering Technology (AET) program at Drexel University (DU) was initiated as a response to job- and education-related issues expressed by government, academic institutions and industries across the nation. The mission of the AET Program is to provide contemporary students with an academic foundation and practical education in engineering technology through an outstanding curriculum and applied research program, and the participation of our students in one of the nation’s most successful co-operative educational programs. Since fall of 2002, Drexel has been offering its AET major in collaboration with the Burlington County College (BCC), Delaware County Community College (DCCC), and Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (PIT) under a dual model, in which the students can pursue both AAS and BS degrees concurrently at these schools and their facilities.
In fall 2004, the AET major became available to the students at Drexel who intend to pursue the BS degree on a full- and part-time basis. The AET program’s content provides an integrated educational experience directed toward developing the ability to apply the fundamental knowledge gained in Drexel’s Goodwin College to the solution of practical problems in the engineering technology fields. The program clearly distinguishes itself from traditional engineering programs by applying a hands-on approach to the delivery of the courses. Over the past three years several state-of-the-art laboratories were developed. Key factors in this process
Chiou, R., & Danley, W. (2010, June), Experience In Implementation Of Nsf Web Based Technology Projects In Curriculum, Course, And Laboratory Development For First Time New Abet Accreditation Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16826
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