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Student Portfolios for Assessment and Self-Learning

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Notable Topics in Civil Engineering Education

Tagged Division

Civil Engineering

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/p.25918

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https://peer.asee.org/25918

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58

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Derek G. Williamson University of Alabama

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Dr. Williamson obtained his undergraduate degree in 1990 in Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University in St.Louis. He received his MS (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in environmental engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Williamson joined the faculty of the the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Alabama in 1999. He has enjoyed 15 years of a dynamic profession of teaching, research, and service. he now serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs for his Department.

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Kenneth J. Fridley University of Alabama

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Kenneth J. Fridley is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration at the University of Alabama. Prior to his current appointment, Fridley served as Head of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama for 12 years. Dr. Fridley has been recognized as a dedicated educator throughout his career and has received several awards for his teaching efforts, including the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Leadership Award in 2010. At the University of Alabama, Fridley has led efforts to establish several new programs including new undergraduate degree programs in construction engineering, architectural engineering and environmental engineering, a departmental Scholars program allowing highly qualified students an accelerated program to earn their MSCE in addition to their BS degree, the interdisciplinary "Cube" promoting innovation in engineering, and the cross-disciplinary MSCE/MBA and MSCE/JD dual-degree programs. Fridley has advised 32 masters and doctoral students to completion. His former students have moved into leadership positions in industry, public service, and academia.

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W. Edward Back University of Alabama

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Professor and Head, Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Director, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
The University of Alabama

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Abstract

Robust assessment has become an expected, if not required, component academic programs in higher education. Most agree that a strong assessment program includes an evaluation of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). Since the advent of ABET2000, assessment of SLOs has become a critical component of program assessment in engineering, technology, and computer science programs. Moreover, regional accreditation bodies, e.g., Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Western Association of Schools and College (WASC), have continued and broaden the use of SLO-based assessments. Assessment is an altogether too familiar activity for many engineering faculty, with detailed course-to-outcome and even assignment-to-outcomes maps being created within programs. However, students are often disconnected or distanced from the process. Few students read their academic programs’ learning outcomes, and even fewer can clearly articulate how their curriculum and daily academic activities relate to the learning outcomes required for their degree or desired by their future profession.

Williamson, D. G., & Fridley, K. J., & Back, W. E. (2016, June), Student Portfolios for Assessment and Self-Learning Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25918

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