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Initial Attempt At Outcomes Assessment In Nuclear Engineering

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.236.1 - 2.236.5



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Robert J. Witt

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Gilbert A. Emmert

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Session 2577

Initial Attempt at Outcomes Assessment in Nuclear Engineering

Gilbert A. Emmert, Robert J. Witt Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics University of Wisconsin-Madison


In 1995 the UW-Madison campus required that all majors develop educational objectives and implement outcomes assessment procedures. In Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics we chose to focus on exit interviews of graduating students and written questionnaires mailed to alumni who graduated three years earlier. The assessment process began in the spring 1995 semester. Lessons learned from this initial attempt at assessment are reported.

I. Introduction

The UW-Madison campus has required that educational objectives and outcome assessment procedures be developed and implemented for all majors. This arose because of a requirement from the North Central Accrediting Association, which accredits the campus. A similar requirement for engineering has emerged from ABET as part of the ABET 2000 criteria being implemented. In order to meet this requirement in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, a committee was formed to formulate educational objectives and propose an assessment plan for each of our degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The educational objectives and assessment plan were adopted by the department in the Spring 1995 semester. The assessment plan was implemented partially that semester and more fully the following academic year. In this paper we report on our experience with this initial attempt at outcomes assessment for our undergraduate nuclear engineering major.

II. Educational Objectives

The educational objectives adopted divide into general goals, knowledge goals, and skill goals. These are given below.

General Goal The goal of the program is to provide to students: the knowledge and skills necessary for immediate and life-long employment in nuclear engineering; a sufficiently fundamental education to enable students to pursue post-graduate education in nuclear engineering and related fields, and to adapt to emerging technologies throughout their career; and a broad perspective of the ethical responsibilities and societal impact of their profession.

Witt, R. J., & Emmert, G. A. (1997, June), Initial Attempt At Outcomes Assessment In Nuclear Engineering Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6616

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