June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.1032.1 - 11.1032.8
Program Assessment the Easy Way: Using Embedded Indicators to Assess Program Outcomes
The culminating design experience for civil engineering majors at the United States Military Academy (USMA) is CE492, Design of Structural Systems. CE492 serves as a “capstone” experience or one in which students are faced with a multi-disciplinary design project incorporating facets from all previous civil engineering courses. Previous capstone experiences have required students to design structures planned for construction or currently under construction at the Academy, thus providing an opportunity for site visitations and active participation with key players in the project development process. Since CE492 provides a multi-disciplinary experience, it also provides an ideal opportunity for the application of embedded assessment indicators.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the use of an embedded assessment technique which has been used successfully for two semesters in CE450, Infrastructure Development and Construction Management, to assess accomplishment of the Academy’s Engineering and Technology Goal1. By merging the student evaluation and assessment processes in CE4922, instructor workload was reduced, student evaluation was tied more closely to the relevant academic program and the ASCE Body of Knowledge (BOK) outcomes, and a systematic method was created for identifying shortcomings and areas of excellence in the program.
II. The Civil Engineering Program
The USMA Civil Engineering Program outcomes shown in Table 1 are configured to meet the requirements of ABET 3a-k and specify what civil engineering majors should be able to accomplish at the time of graduation from the USMA. With the evolution of the BOK and the promise of implementation in the near future, the CE Program Outcomes include the requirement for specialization in an area of civil engineering (14), project management, construction and asset management (15), business and public policy and administration (16), and leadership (17), the requirements extending beyond previous ABET 3a-k requirements. The program is assessed by measuring the extent to which graduates can accomplish the 17 CE program outcomes.
Meyer, F., & Estes, A., & Welch, R., & Winget, D. (2006, June), Program Assessment The Easy Way: Using Embedded Indicators To Assess Program Outcomes Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/659
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