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The Development Of A Successful Abet Visit In Mechanical Engineering

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.992.1 - 6.992.24



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David Purdy

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Christine Buckley

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Don L. Dekker

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Phillip J. Cornwell

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Session Number 1566

The Development of the Procedures for Our ABET Visit in Mechanical Engineering

Don Dekker, David Purdy, Phil Cornwell, Christine Buckley Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

The Mechanical Engineering Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was visited By ABET the last two days of October 2000. A description of the steps that led to our ABET visit will be described in the paper. The paper has the following areas that describe the different parts of the ABET accreditation process that was developed at Rose-Hulman. 1 Establish Goals and Objectives 2 Annually Measure the "Coverage" of the Objectives (A Matrix) 3 Formally Document Subjective Impressions and Ideas for Improvement (Every-Course-Every-Year) 4 Measure the "Coverage" of the Objectives in Greater Detail Every 3 Years (3 Year Matrix) 5 Alumni Survey

Over the last several years, a plan was developed by the members of the department to provide a framework for continuous improvement of our curriculum. The first step was the articulation of departmental goals. This was a key factor in the rest of the process. Overall there are three forms that faculty must fill out, an ongoing alumni survey, information from the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, and placement information. A flow chart showing the departmental curriculum review process is shown in Figure 1. Since the main goal of the faculty at Rose- Hulman is to teach classes well, notice that this is capitalized at the center of the flow chart.

Departmental Goals During the 1993-94 academic year we began to define goals for the M.E. graduates. We worked on these goals for about two years before we were satisfied with them. These departmental goals preceded ABET’s "a through k" goals. However, there is a lot of overlap in that all of the "a through k" items are included in our goals. The six major headings of the Rose-Hulman M.E. Goals are: (1) Use Problem Solving in an Effective Manner, (2) Design Effectively, (3) Continue to Learn and Educate Themselves, (4) Communicate Effectively, (5) Work Responsibly, and (6) Work Effectively. There are objectives under each of these divisions. A complete listing of the M.E. Goals and objectives are shown in Appendix A.

Purdy, D., & Buckley, C., & Dekker, D. L., & Cornwell, P. J. (2001, June), The Development Of A Successful Abet Visit In Mechanical Engineering Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9126

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