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Program Accreditation: Developing a Methodology to Retrieve and Maintain Relevant Data for Course Improvement and Provide an Assessment Process Which Closes the Loop

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Curriculum & Student Enrollment I

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Engineering Technology

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24.1010.1 - 24.1010.14



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Veto Matthew Ray Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Mr. Matt Ray is a lecturer for the Construction Engineering Management Technology Program offered through the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He currently provides instruction for Soils and Foundations, Construction Cost and Bidding, Construction Project Cost and Production Control as well as managing the Certificate of Training in Asset Management. He is a graduate of Purdue School of Engineering and Technology receiving degrees in Construction Technology, Architectural Technology, and a Masters in Facility Management. His field experience includes residential construction and light commercial. He has been an architectural designer as well as a superintendent for single and multi-family construction projects. Mr. Ray worked as an engineering and design manager in the Building Component Manufacturing Industry for over fifteen years.

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J. William White Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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J. William White AIA is a lecturer with the Construction Engineering Management Technology program within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis. He is a registered architect who has more than 23 years of varied construction industry experience. Mr. White has undergraduate degrees from Indiana University and Ball State University and a masters degree from Purdue University Indianapolis. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. His professional interests include great architecture and all things related to construction innovation.

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Dan D. Koo Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Dr. Koo is an assistant professor in the department of engineering and technology at Indiana University and Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr. Koo is also a registered PE. Dr. Koo’s research and professional activities are primarily focused on heavy civil infrastructure system, underground infrastructure system management and development, trenchless engineering, and sustainability. Dr. Koo received a Ph. D in Civil and Environmental Engineering and MS in Construction Management at Arizona State University in 2007 and 2003 respectively; and a BE degree in Civil Engineering in 1999.

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Program Accreditation: Developing a Methodology to Retrieve and Maintain Relevant Data for Course Improvement and Provide an Assessment Process Which Closes the LoopThe focus of this endeavor was to define a cyclical process of meaningful data collection forcourse evaluation and timely review. By clearly defining methods and purpose, faculty andoverall programs would improve their ability to track pitfalls, reduce the time spent gatheringambiguous information and increase opportunity for course improvement. The primary target ofthis evaluation was to retrieve and maintain relevant data and show proof of an assessmentprocess to meet the requirements for ABET accreditation as well as NCA (North CentralAccreditation). As higher education evolves and competition increases for funding it isimperative that academic departments and programs strive for excellence. By improving datacollection for course evaluation and maintaining accreditation, the department increases itsability to attract students, influence the procurement of research dollars and reduce counter-productive efforts gathering information that has no useful application. Both research dollarsand financial aid are dependent upon the ability to earn or maintain accreditation. In 2011research dollars for the school exceeded 9 million dollars and statistics from 2010 revealed that69% of all students enrolled at the school received some form of need-based financial assistance.The Department of Engineering Technology utilized Six Sigma tools and strategies including SixSigma DMADV methodology (define, measure, analyze, design and verify) for the basis of its“Program Enrichment” process. The project team included: the department chair, administrativesupport, program directors, and selected faculty members. Through interviews with keystakeholders, surveys, historical data and existing components, the team was able to define a new“closed-loop process” with identifiable review stages to ensure compliance as well as a datacollection plan. The new process has been rolled out as a pilot program among full time facultymembers with the expectation to expand the program to encompass all instructors within thedepartment. This paper will demonstrate the use of Six Sigma tools as a means of enhancing anexisting assessment process or creating a new process for evaluating and improving programcourses along with providing proof of an assessment process necessary to earn or maintainprogram accreditation.

Ray, V. M., & White, J. W., & Koo, D. D. (2014, June), Program Accreditation: Developing a Methodology to Retrieve and Maintain Relevant Data for Course Improvement and Provide an Assessment Process Which Closes the Loop Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22943

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