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Some Assessment Tools For Evaluating Curricular Innovations Outcomes

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.500.1 - 3.500.21

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Lueny Morell de Ramírez

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José L. Zayas

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Jorge I. Vélez-Arocho

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Session 3209

Some Assessment Tools for Evaluating Curricular Innovations Outcomes

Lueny Morell de Ramírez, José L. Zayas-Castro, Jorge I. Vélez-Arocho University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez


One of the most critical aspects of the new ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC-2000) is the existence of an outcomes assessment plan for program evaluation and continuous improvement. Outcomes assessment requires the generation of assessment tools or instruments to gather data that will document if a program’s stated goals and objectives are being met and if students have acquired identified skills.

In 1994, a partnership of universities - called the Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership (MEEP) - initiated the design and implementation of a novel undergraduate manufacturing program, better known as the Learning Factory1,2. This paper describes how MEEP designed the assessment strategy to evaluate the curricular innovation project outcomes, and presents some of the assessment instruments/tools designed. The tools developed, some in collaboration with industrial partners, were utilized for assessing overall and specific qualitative aspects of the program as well as student performance (e.g., teamwork skills and oral presentation/written skills). A total of 9 assessment instruments are presented. We believe that the Learning Factory as well as the project’s assessment strategy and tools used comply with the new ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC-2000).


The creation and adoption of ABET’s new accreditation standards is a historic move to promote innovation and continuous improvement in engineering education3. The core of EC 2000 is an outcomes assessment component that requires engineering programs to have in place a continuous process of evaluation and feedback, to ensure the improvement of the effectiveness of the program. There are numerous resources available for the development and implementation of outcomes assessment plans. For example, Rogers and Sando have prepared a user friendly, step by step booklet that presents eight steps in developing an assessment plan4. But regardless of how the assessment plan is developed, an effective plan must start with the identification of specific goals and objectives, definition of performance criteria, followed by the data collection

1 Penn State University, University of Washington, and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories. Project sponsored by the Technology Reinvestment Project. (TRP Project #3018, NSF Award #DMI- 9413880) 2 John S. Lamancusa, Jens E. Jorgensen, and José L. Zayas, The Learning Factory – A New Approach to Integrating Design and Manufacturing into Engineering Curricula. ASEE Journal of Engineering Education, Vol 86, No.2, April 1997. 3 George D. Paterson, Engineering Criteria 2000: A Bold New Change Agent, ASEE PRISM, September, 1997. 4 Gloria M. Rogers and Jean K. Sando, Stepping Ahead: An Assessment Plan Development Guide, Foundation Coalition, 1996.

de Ramírez, L. M., & Zayas, J. L., & Vélez-Arocho, J. I. (1998, June), Some Assessment Tools For Evaluating Curricular Innovations Outcomes Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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