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Portfolio Assessment And Improvement For A First Year Engineering Curriculum

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Assessing Teaching & Learning

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9.996.1 - 9.996.18

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Larry Stetler

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Stuart Kellogg

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Session 3530

Portfolio Assessment and Improvement for a First-Year Engineering Curriculum

Larry D. Stetler, Stuart D. Kellogg, Jon J. Kellar, David J. Dixon, Glen A. Stone, Larry A. Simonson, Zbignew J. Hladysz, Jason T. Ash, and Heidi L. Sieverding

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701


For the past five years, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has redefined its first- year engineering curriculum. The program, now required of all first year engineering students, incorporates curricular elements developed by the Foundation Coalition and elements from the EPICS program at the Colorado School of Mines. As part of the course, students are required to develop and maintain an electronic portfolio. Required postings are designed not only for student professional development but for ease of assessment of defined program outcomes. In this paper, we present a brief description of the program, defined program outcomes, and assessment processes currently in use along with results and current strategies for improvement. A discussion of the use of portfolios, sample rubrics, and improvement processes for portfolio development is included.


GE 115, Professionalism in Engineering and Science, is a first-year introductory engineering course taught at the South Dakota School of Mines and technology. The course is intended as an introduction to: • engineering as a profession • teaming • problem solving • engineering data analysis • engineering ethics • preparing and writing technical reports Thus, the course contains no discipline-specific content. Rather, faculty from all 10 engineering programs on campus have taken part in the course instruction. Curricular materials have been prepared by several of the participating faculty and have been organized into chapters that make up a Student Manual that is available to the students on a CD ROM.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Stetler, L., & Kellogg, S. (2004, June), Portfolio Assessment And Improvement For A First Year Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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