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Normative Typologies Of Epics Students On Abet Ec Criterion 3: A Multistage Cluster Analysis

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Conference

2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Service Learning Courses

Tagged Division

Educational Research and Methods

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

12.1110.1 - 12.1110.11

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https://peer.asee.org/2903

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Susan Maller Purdue University

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Tao Hong Purdue University

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William Oakes Purdue University

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Carla Zoltowski Purdue University

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Paul McDermott University of Pennsylvania

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Normative Typologies of EPICS Students on ABET EC Criterion 3: A Multistage Cluster Analysis

Abstract Using state-of-the-art profile/cluster analysis technique, this study aimed to derive

normative profiles of the students in the Engineering Projects in Community Service

(EPICS) program, based on their scores across eight noncognitive measures (e.g.,

communication and teamwork skills), as defined by the Accreditation Board for

Engineering and Technology’s Engineering Criteria 2000 (ABET EC2000) Criterion 3.

The results supported a four-profile solution. Profiles were described in terms of their

level (means) and shape (peaks and valleys) of performance on the noncognitive

subscales. These profiles will be used as a foundation for continuous improvement in the

service-learning area within engineering education.

Background/Theoretical Framework First established in 1995, Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) is

a service-learning program that enables long-term projects in which teams of engineering

undergraduates are matched with community service agencies that request technical

assistance. Within EPICS program, teams of undergraduates design, build, and deploy

real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and

education organizations 1 . With a main objective to integrate engineering design with

meeting the needs of the local community through a multi-disciplinary service learning

curricular structure, EPICS programs are now operating at 15 universities nationwide

with over 1350 students participated on 140 teams 1 .

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology’s Engineering Criteria 2000

(ABET, 1999) Criterion 3 2 Programs Outcomes and Assessment specifies outcomes

Maller, S., & Hong, T., & Oakes, W., & Zoltowski, C., & McDermott, P. (2007, June), Normative Typologies Of Epics Students On Abet Ec Criterion 3: A Multistage Cluster Analysis Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2903

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