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Quantitative Asessment of Program Outcomes Using Longitudinal Data from the FE Exam

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Assessment of Student Learning 1

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Educational Research and Methods

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23.1013.1 - 23.1013.10



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Joe C. Guarino Boise State University

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Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

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James R Ferguson P.E. Boise State University

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Associate Professor

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V Krishna C Pakala Boise State University

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Quantitative Assessment of Program Outcomes Using Longitudinal Data from the FE ExamThere have been many studies providing details on using results from the Fundamentals ofEngineering (FE) exam as metrics for meeting ABET program outcomes (Lefevre et al, 2008),(Barret et al, 2010). However, implementing an FE-based set of metrics poses challenges notlimited to assessing validity of results. Programs using FE-based metrics must also determinethe position of the metrics in the overall assessment process. We present a method for using FE-based metrics as an integral part of the ABET program assessment process. The principle issueswe address are: (1) The validity of using FE metrics for a group of graduating students when notall of them take the exam; (2) Establishing and quantifying levels of performance; and (3)Creating a trigger mechanism for taking action based upon longitudinal results.We created a process which integrates metrics from the FE results with other metrics in our ourloop for outcomes assessment and continuous improvement. Our process prevents us fromtaking inappropriate action based upon isolated negative results from the FE exam. We haveused our process to make demonstrable improvements in our curriculum. Example results andactions taken are presented and discussed.

Guarino, J. C., & Ferguson, J. R., & Pakala, V. K. C. (2013, June), Quantitative Asessment of Program Outcomes Using Longitudinal Data from the FE Exam Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22398

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