Salt Lake City, Utah
June 20, 2004
June 20, 2004
June 23, 2004
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“Getting from Anecdotal to Measured Outcomes Assessment for Out of Class Experiences”
Dennis Schulte, David Jones, Ann Koopmann, Beth Tieszen
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Engineering & Technology
Abstract It has been said that internships, co-ops, involvement in student organizations, and international experiences add value to engineering students’ education. Industry representatives send a clear message that grade point average is not the only thing considered when making hiring decisions. Can the value of such activities on the educational experience be measured? The Biological Systems Engineering Department and the Student Programs staff in the College of Engineering & Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are developing methods to get from anecdotal information to tangible, measurable outcomes. The process is being guided by: i) ABET program outcomes (A-K)1; ii) the need for “quantitative” information; iii) ease of access to students in time and place; iv) a goal of having an effective and efficient process for obtaining and interpreting results and; v) the desire to measure outcomes longitudinally.
To accomplish this task, several surveys have been developed for completion by students through various stages of their engineering education. The surveys focus: a) “work”-related experiences; b) international experiences; c) academic advising; d) involvement in student organizations; and e) post-graduate placement. The goal is to get the right survey to the right student, at the right time. This paper discusses the process for developing the surveys, the means in which the data is collected, and preliminary results from over 400 students who took the “work”-related and international surveys in the fall of 2003.
Introduction Faculty generally acknowledge that extra- and co-curricular activities are valuable to the overall learning and education of engineering students. Prior to ABET 2000, the nature and contributions of these activities were rarely, if ever, assessed. At best, anecdotal information was collected and analyzed in an ad hoc manner. Rarely was an effort made to formalize the collection and interpretation of such information. The implementation of ABET 2000 has caused engineering programs to rethink how academic performance is measured 2. Trends in outcomes assessment point to the day when anecdotal information will no be longer satisfactory.
The strategy for outcomes assessment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) involves collection of a variety of information with which to discern performance of students. It is assumed that any one piece of information is incomplete or inconclusive, and does not reveal the full extent of achievement. Further, it is assumed that combining information collected from
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Jones, D., & Tieszen, B., & Schulte, D., & Koopmann, A. (2004, June), Getting From Anecdotal To Measured Outcomes Assessment For Out Of Class Experiences Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--14122
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