June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
22.1143.1 - 22.1143.14
PAT: An online Program Assessment Tool for Engineering ProgramsOver the last decade Engineering Criteria 2000 significantly changed the way in whichengineering programs undertake assessment and report for accreditation purposes. Sinceimplementation of EC2000, engineering programs are required to demonstrate theachievements of their program educational objectives and program outcomes byfollowing a documented assessment plan. The sustainability of this assessment processbecame a problem for all those involved. Program coordinators started to look for waysof automating the process and of changing the accreditation activities from a year-longfrenzy prior to the visit, to something that is ongoing and sustainable.In the meantime, several commercial software programs became available, ostensibly tofacilitate the assessment and reporting processes. Being a large engineering college with18 engineering programs, it wasn’t possible to converge upon a common commercialsoftware tool that everyone agreed upon. It was decided that any tool selected would needto fit to the existing assessment plans, not the other way around, and that its main featureswould be flexibility, scalability and sustainability. Thus, we conceptualized and built thesoftware for an in-house program assessment tool, which was developed with activeparticipation of the engineering program assessment coordinators, and it has foundwidespread support throughout the college. PAT (Program Assessment Tool) combinesthe best features of all the assessment plans and procedures in our College ofEngineering.Using the Biomedical Engineering program as a case study, we will present in detail themany assessment features of the software tool. These include: • Program assessment matrix, involving both direct and indirect measures, • Program sub-outcomes matrix, • Course based assessment tasks for assessing student achievement of outcomes, • Assessment metrics indicating acceptable levels of student performance, • Uploading of grades, including automatic linkage to online grade books, • Automatic analysis of assessment data, for course and program outcome achievement, • Commentary and reporting features, • Syllabus and CV generators, • Levels of access by different roles (faculty, assessment coordinators, administrators).We will also discuss the process through which PAT was developed, piloted and refined.
Ozturk, H. O., & Raubenheimer, D. (2011, June), PAT: A Program Asessment Tool for Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18357
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