Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 24, 2001
June 24, 2001
June 27, 2001
6.503.1 - 6.503.4
Five Years from a Second ABET EC2000 General Review - and Counting
David L. Soldan, Donald H. Lenhert, and Andrew Rys Electrical and Computer Engineering Kansas State University
Many engineering programs would still like to operate in the mode of ignoring Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) issues except for the year prior to a visit. With the emphasis on continuous quality improvement inherent in Engineering Criteria 20001 (EC2000) this is a dangerous mode of operation. Instead of back to business as usual after a visit, it is now necessary to have ongoing activity focused on preparation for the next visit.
The electrical engineering and computer engineering programs at Kansas State University were visited under EC2000 on a general review during the Fall 1999 accreditation cycle. Given the time frame for implementation of the new criteria it was necessary to rely heavily on processes that were in place prior to the release of the EC2000 criteria2. While many of these processes had been in place for several years they didn’t necessarily directly address all of the issues required by Criteria 2, Program Educational Objectives and Criteria 3, Program Outcomes and Assessment of EC2000.
To prepare for the next general review the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (EECE) faculty felt it would be best to do a complete evaluation of the mission and educational objectives of the programs. This could involve some changes in existing data gathering and analysis processes. Our long term plan is to have a comprehensive review of the program educational objectives on a six year cycle.
The next activity is the reevaluation of the processes by which the program outcomes are determined and results evaluated. Inherent in this will be a review of current program outcomes for each program. The plan is to finish this activity in time to allow at least three years prior to the next general review. This would allow for data regarding any new outcomes to be gathered and analyzed.
A key goal of these efforts is to structure all processes in such a way as to make them part of everyone’s normal operation and to minimize the impact of these processes on faculty time. We
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Lenhert, D., & Soldan, D., & Rys, A. (2001, June), Five Years From A Second Abet Ec2000 General Review And Counting Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9277
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