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Make Assessment Straightforward: A Case Study on the Successful Implementation of ABET Student Outcomes 1-7

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Educational and Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession and ASCE

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Civil Engineering

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Anthony Battistini Angelo State University

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Dr. Anthony Battistini is an Assistant Professor in the David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering at Angelo State University. He received his BSCE (2007) degree from Lehigh University and an MS (2009) and PhD (2014) degree from The University of Texas at Austin. His expertise is in structural design, with an emphasis in steel bridge structures and connections. Prior to his current institution, Dr. Battistini also held assistant professor positions at Washington State University (2013-2014) and George Mason University (2014-2017). Throughout his career, his primary responsibility as a faculty member has been teaching students, for which he aspires to provide them with a quality and enjoyable experience.

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William A. Kitch Angelo State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Kitch is Professor and Chair of the David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering at Angelo State University. Before starting his academic career he spent 24 years as a practicing engineer in both the public and private sector. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado, California and Texas

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In recent years, many engineering programs have begun planning for the change from the previous ABET Student Outcomes (a)-(k) to the current ABET Student Outcomes 1-7. In addition, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of these programs will participate in a virtual ABET review and site visit. Depending on the success of these virtual visits, the author theorizes that future ABET accreditation reviews may continue to be remote, given the accessibility of video conferencing tools and the various savings manifested in costs, time, and environmental impacts from reviewers not needing to travel to the institutions. Despite all of these changes, one thing remains constant: Make Assessment Straightforward. Obviously, it is in the best interest of programs to make it as easy as possible for ABET Program Evaluators to determine that the program meets ABET Accreditation Standards. Moreover, the need for straightforward documentation becomes even more critical when these files must be shared electronically and all subsequent communication is completed virtually. The following paper will describe University’s approach to developing and implementing an assessment plan that successfully met the requirements of the new ABET Student Outcomes 1-7. Although having been reviewed in-person, the authors believe the documentation used, specifically the ABET Student Outcome binders, would aid in programs preparing for virtual visits. Topics include: • Development of key performance indicators for each student outcome • Assessment rubrics • Course selection for formative/summative assessment • Implementation of the assessment plan • Presentation of the assessment results o Section highlights the use of ABET Student Outcome binders to make it readily apparent to reviewers how each Student Outcome was addressed • Continuous improvement (of the assessment plan)

Battistini, A., & Kitch, W. A. (2021, July), Make Assessment Straightforward: A Case Study on the Successful Implementation of ABET Student Outcomes 1-7 Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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