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Process To Identify Minimum Passing Criteria And Objective Evidence In Support Of Abet Ec2000 Criteria Fulfillment

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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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Accreditation and Related Issues in ECE

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9.1012.1 - 9.1012.14



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Session 2532

Process to Identify Minimum Passing Criteria and Objective Evidence in Support of ABET EC2000 Criteria Fulfillment

Dr. Fong Mak, Dr. Stephen Frezza

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Gannon University Erie, PA


This paper describes a methodology for combining course assignments that summarize course objectives with grading policy to ensure fulfillment of EC2000 criteria. The methodology involves the development of a grading policy that includes using key assignments that represent course material that strongly represents the course objectives and using these assignments to define ‘minimum passing criteria’. The grading policy insures that no student passes the course without demonstrating competence in all course objectives. Also, these key assignments become the objective evidence for the course meeting its program/EC2000 criteria. The result is a methodology that defines specific assignments to assess student learning outcomes and objective evidence of each student having meet course and program outcomes.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Gannon University was challenged by their industrial constituents to correlate passing criteria with course objectives. To meet this challenge, the ECE department has developed a process to help faculty systematically identify minimum passing criteria associated with course learning outcomes. Minimum passing criteria measure student performance for specified course outcomes, thus ensuring that any student passing a course has met the minimum course objectives. This assurance further allows the department to systematically justify that a successful graduate will meet the program criteria. The process includes the identification of minimum passing criteria, also a method to identify the necessary objective evidence in supporting the criteria fulfillment.

The department has recently completed a major effort in restructuring and refining its departmental goals and objectives, catalog, and operations in preparation for its next EC2000 criteria-based ABET visitation. This effort includes consistent communication and measurement of department outcomes. As part of the process, the analyzed results were reported to one of the constituents – the external/industrial members from engineering employers in the region. The major feedback from the industrial members was to have the department develop a quantifiable

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

Mak, F., & Frezza, S. (2004, June), Process To Identify Minimum Passing Criteria And Objective Evidence In Support Of Abet Ec2000 Criteria Fulfillment Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--14123

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