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Hierarchical System Of Outcomes Assessment At Parks College Of Engineering & Aviation

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Assessment & Quality Assuranc in Engr Ed

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8.633.1 - 8.633.9



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Swami Karunamoorthy

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Session 1360


Karunamoorthy, S., Kirkpatrick, C., and Stolzer, A. Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri


Outcomes Assessment is one of the keys for continuous quality improvement of academic programs. It is a vital catalyst for the pedagogical paradigm shift from Teaching to Learning. The regional and program accreditation agencies are placing greater emphasis on outcomes assessment than ever before. A typical system of program assessment should be consistent with the mission, objectives, and outcomes of the University as well as College. This paper describes the design, development and implementation of such a system at Parks College of Engineering and Aviation, Saint Louis University.


Parks College of Engineering and Aviation offers degree programs that span a variety of disciplines: engineering (aerospace, biomedical, electrical, mechanical) aviation (aviation science professional pilot, aircraft maintenance engineering, aircraft maintenance management, avionics engineering, aviation management) computer science, and physics. The result is a diverse set of accreditation requirements from several agencies. In addition, Parks College is one of the eleven schools and colleges of Saint Louis University, an institution that takes pride in its ability to deliver a liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition.

Developing a clear and meaningful assessment system in this environment is a challenge, and is the focus of this paper. The university administrative structure is centralized, and it follows that assessment at the program level has a significant component of university- wide content. At the same time, academic programs must meet the expectations of their students, the employers who hire the graduates, and the agencies that accredit their programs.

Parks College has chosen a hierarchical system to meet its outcomes assessment needs. This system enables the greatest amount of flexibility at the program level while enabling consistency with the missions of the university and college. This paper describes assessment with different levels of the hierarchy—from the overarching goals and objectives of the university, down to the day-to-day learning activity in the classrooms.

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Karunamoorthy, S. (2003, June), Hierarchical System Of Outcomes Assessment At Parks College Of Engineering & Aviation Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11414

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