June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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Outcome Assessment Process in a Manufacturing Engineering Program
To achieve the goals and objectives of program educational objectives, our Manufacturing Engineering (MANE) program at Virginia State University developed a curriculum that provides students with balanced coverage of ABET and the University core requirements. The program outcomes have been adopted considering the University and school mission, program objectives, (a) through (k) defined by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and specific outcomes for manufacturing engineering as defined by the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME).
Our MANE program focuses on the areas of automation, quality, manufacturing process, engineering analysis and manufacturing design to prepare students for successful careers in manufacturing engineering and allied professions. This paper presents a brief description of the major components of our assessment that fulfill the ABET criteria for continuous improvement requirements. The assessment process and evaluation of the program outcomes are discussed along with the results as well.
Although there are several papers published in the field of engineering program outcome assessment 1, 2, 3, there are very few that discuss assessment process of manufacturing engineering programs. Most of these assessment plans revolve around certain aspects of the program such as courses, capstone courses, or engineering labs. This paper presents an assessment procedure which considers all program outcomes assessment processes.
The Manufacturing Engineering (MANE) program at Virginia State University developed a curriculum that provides students with balanced coverage of ABET and the University core requirements. The outcomes have been adopted considering the University and school mission, program objectives, (a) through (k) defined by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 4, and specific outcomes for manufacturing engineering as defined by the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME). The program provides students with extensive experience in basic science and mathematics, engineering science, laboratories, computers, design, communication and teamwork, along with humanities and social science. To achieve the goals and objectives of the program educational objectives, we have developed an innovative model for assessing our program. The model uses both indirect measure and direct measure and is based on multiple indicators such as presentations, student portfolio, and report writing evaluated by different focused groups. The results mapped to the program objectives and course outcomes using a matrix. That matrix brings a strong alignment and a common frame of reference (the criteria), used for evaluation or the interpretation of results which identifies the areas for improvement and improvement plan.
Ansari, J., & Javaheri, A., & Tompkins, S. S., & Williamson, K. (2008, June), Outcome Assessment Process In A Manufacturing Engineering Program Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4236
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