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Linking Industry & Academia: Effective Usage Of Industrial Advisory Boards

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2001 Annual Conference

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Publication Date

June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001

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2153-5965

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5

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6.689.1 - 6.689.5

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Vincent Scotto

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Peter Schuyler

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Howard A. Canistraro

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Session 3247

Linking Industry & Academia: Effective Usage of Industrial Advisory Boards

Peter R. Schuyler, Howard Canistraro, Vincent A. Scotto University of Hartford/New England Institute of Technology

Abstract

With the advent of ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 and beyond, the emphasis of the evaluation of engineering and engineering technology programs has shifted from the strict examination of curriculum content, to measuring outcomes based assessment. As these programs are required to create and demonstrate a process for the evaluation of curriculum objectives, industry can serve as a valuable partner in this process.

This paper will provide an overview of development and implementation of industrial advisory boards at two institutions. This efforts were undertaken to aid in satisfying several ABET accreditation requirements. The specific activities and functions of the industrial advisory board will be discussed, as well as the challenges faced during implementation.

Introduction

With the advent of ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 and beyond, the emphasis of the evaluation of engineering and engineering technology programs has shifted from the strict examination of curriculum content, to measuring outcomes based assessment. As these programs are required to create and demonstrate a process for the evaluation of curriculum objectives, industry can serve as a valuable partner in this process.

As a requirement for EC 2000 a program must present evaluators with evidence that indicates their graduates are achieving professional growth and development. Programs must also show that students are effectively advised and monitored throughout their academic careers. Industry can work hand in hand with programs to demonstrate these criteria. As employers, industry can advise programs regarding the strengths and professional development of active students and graduates.

Through the development of industrial advisory boards, many programs are able to monitor the effectiveness of their curriculum and performance of past graduates. Industrial advisory boards can not only provide evidence of outcomes based assessment, but they can also provide a “real world” assessment of a program’s curriculum and coursework.

Often colleges and university’s fail to utilize the potential of their industrial advisors, and at many institutions they are absent all together. By rekindling old relationships or forging new ones, programs will be better served, and better prepared for evaluation with industry

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Scotto, V., & Schuyler, P., & Canistraro, H. A. (2001, June), Linking Industry & Academia: Effective Usage Of Industrial Advisory Boards Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9518

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