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Outcomes Assessment: Developing An Electronic Assessment Database As A Model For Collection And Analysis Of Data

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Assessment Issues

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7.905.1 - 7.905.16



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Ottis Hoskins

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Joni Spurlin

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Sarah Rajala

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Session 3130

Outcomes Assessment: Developing an Electronic Assessment Database as a Model for Collection and Analysis of Data

Joni E. Spurlin, Sarah A. Rajala, Jerome P. Lavelle, O. Jerome Hoskins

Office of Academic Affairs College of Engineering North Carolina State University Campus Box 7904 Raleigh, NC 27695-7904


As the ABET process in each institution moves toward outcomes assessment, it pushes each program to develop and implement its outcome assessment plans. Assessment plans document how programs will gather data, interpret the findings, and use the results to make improvements in programs, curricula, and resources. The ABET team at North Carolina State University (faculty from each engineering discipline along with assessment-knowledgeable personnel) has developed a model that academic programs within the College of Engineering use to determine what data to gather, where to obtain the data, and what criteria may be most appropriate when interpreting the data.

This paper presents the model and the processes by which our programs collect data, examine processes already in place at the institution, and determine redundancies as well as omissions in those processes, methods, and data. This paper also describes the North Carolina State University College of Engineering’s Electronic Assessment Database website ( which illustrates the on-going process of assessing and improving student learning using this model. The website provides a filter for the expanse of all possible data to help faculty conveniently and effectively access the data. It also provides ways to link programmatic outcomes to curriculum assessment methods including classroom assignments, course portfolios, and capstone design projects.

Regional and Programmatic Accreditation

North Carolina State University falls under the accreditation auspices of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS has been a leader in the field of assessment and institutional effectiveness. The Commission on Colleges is currently reviewing the way it evaluates institutions for accreditation. The Commission on “Proceedings of the 2002 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ã 2002, American Society of Engineering Education

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Hoskins, O., & Spurlin, J., & Lavelle, J., & Rajala, S. (2002, June), Outcomes Assessment: Developing An Electronic Assessment Database As A Model For Collection And Analysis Of Data Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11308

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