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Meeting ABET EC 2000 Criterion 3 Outcomes with a Laboratory Course

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.712.1 - 6.712.16



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Robert King

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Joan Gosink

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Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science that has distinguished itself by developing high-quality graduates and scholarship. The U.S. News and World Report Inc. rated CSM 26th in the Top National Public Universities and 50th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs with Ph.D. Programs in 20011. The school’s mission as written in the Colorado statutes focuses on “energy, minerals, and materials science and engineering and associated engineering and science fields.” The sequence of multidisciplinary laboratory courses described herein lies within the engineering focus and is taught within the Engineering Division. The Engineering Division is the largest program at CSM with approximately 850 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate students. This population represents a shift from the CSM’s historical earth science and engineering focus. The CSM undergraduate program has been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) since program inception in 1983 as a non-traditional, interdisciplinary, Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with specialties in civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering. The Engineering Division also delivers graduate degree programs (M. S., M. E. and Ph. D) and research in engineering systems. The Gourman Report ranks the CSM Engineering Division fifth among general engineering programs2. This paper describes the results of using a laboratory course sequence as a centerpiece during an ABET evaluation during the 2000-2001 Evaluation Year under the new EC 2000 criteria at CSM. The EC 2000 criteria are described on the ABET website.3 The CSM Self Study Report was completed at the beginning of the Fall Semester 2000 and the ABET team visited campus during the middle of the Fall Semester 2000. The preliminary results from the team exit interview were encouraging, so we would like to share information on how to design and present laboratory courses that can become centerpieces for ABET evaluations at other universities.

King, R., & Gosink, J. (2001, June), Meeting ABET EC 2000 Criterion 3 Outcomes with a Laboratory Course Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9546

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