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Program Assessment The Easy Way: Using Embedded Indicators To Assess Program Outcomes

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Achieving the Civil Engineering Body of Knowlegde

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Civil Engineering

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

11.1032.1 - 11.1032.8

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https://peer.asee.org/659

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Fred Meyer U.S. Military Academy

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Lieutenant Colonel Karl F. (Fred) Meyer is an Associate Professor and Civil Engineering Structures Group Director in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. LTC Meyer received a B.S. degree from USMA in 1984, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993 and 2002, respectively.

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Allen Estes U.S. Military Academy

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Colonel Allen C. Estes is a Professor and Civil Engineering Program Director at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. COL Estes received a B.S. degree from USMA in 1978, M.S. degrees in Structural Engineering and in Construction Management from Stanford University in 1987 and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997.

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Ronald Welch U.S. Military Academy

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Colonel Ronald W. Welch is an Associate Professor and Acting Deputy Head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. COL Welch received a B.S. degree from USMA in 1982, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1991 and 1999, respectively.

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David Winget U.S. Military Academy

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Major David G. Winget is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Missouri. Major Winget received a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at Austin in 2003.

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Program Assessment the Easy Way: Using Embedded Indicators to Assess Program Outcomes

I. Introduction

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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