Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20, 1999
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INCORPORATING INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY BOARDS INTO THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS Erdogan M. Sener Indiana university-Purdue University Indianapolis
Industrial Advisory Boards (IAB) have traditionally served an important function in advising academic programs to ascertain that the curricula are current, relevant, and in line with the demands of the workplace. ABET’s (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) new initiative in terms of assessment-based evaluation of engineering and technology programs for accreditation have provided another opportunity to utilize the industry advisory boards as a resource in the process. This paper focuses on the specific use of the Industrial Advisory Boards to rank the importance of the skills ABET wants our graduates to have.
Industrial Advisory Boards (IAB) composed of industry professionals, alumni, external faculty members, and experts in the field have traditionally served an important function in advising academic programs to ascertain that the curricula are current, relevant, and in line with the demands of the workplace. Because of the practice-oriented mission of technology programs, the role played by industrial advisory boards has been especially important.
The changes that ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) is trying to institute in the accreditation process in terms of assessment-based evaluation of engineering and technology programs have put the Industrial Advisory Boards in an even more significant spotlight. Not only the mission and objectives of the academic units should preferably be determined with input from such boards, the boards will also play a role, as a representative sample of prospective employers of our graduates, in responding to accreditation surveys. These surveys are conducted to assess how successful academic programs have been in ensuring that students graduate with skills that ABET has deemed important and explicitly listed.
Industrial Advisory Board Involvement:
The Department of Construction Technology in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has three Industrial Advisory Boards for its programs, namely:
• Architectural Technology (ART – A.S. degree ) industrial advisory board (10 members) • Civil engineering Technology (CET – A.S. degree) industrial advisory board (7 members) • Construction technology (CNT – B.S. degree) industrial advisory board (8 members))
Sener, E. (1999, June), Incorporating Industrial Advisory Boards Into The Assessment Process Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina. https://peer.asee.org/7727
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