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The Electrical Engineering Technology Program Outcome Assessment Process – Development and Implementation
The Electrical Engineering Technology program developed a Program Outcomes assessment process in response to ABET accreditation requirements. The EET Program Outcomes capture the desired attributes that the EET program aspires to impart to its students through both the curriculum and academic experience. This paper details the assessment process developed by the program, as well as its implementation process during the 2006-2007 academic year. The program outcomes are identified in line with ABET’s Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) and grouped into three categories, Design and Troubleshoot ability, Depth of Technical Knowledge, and Professional Practice. A set of assessment tools has been identified for each category.
The overall average results for the three categories were obtained by using several assessment tools. The results revealed no major shortcomings in the EET students’ achievement, i.e. the overall averaged results were above the targeted achievement levels. However, the results of the assessment tools identified areas which might benefit from improvement. Based on this assessment, recommendations are made for the purpose of continuous improvement. This paper provides information on the Program Outcomes assessment process issues and challenges and will be of benefit to engineering technology programs seeking accreditation or re-accreditation.
1. Introduction The curriculum of the Electrical Engineering Technology program covers a broad based educational experience that emphasizes practical, hands-on laboratory work, closely coordinated with theoretical classroom discussion. Students receive a solid foundation of coursework in electric circuits, digital electronics, solid-state electronics, communications, power and electrical machinery.
The Electrical Engineering Technology program has developed a Program Outcomes assessment process to fulfill ABET accreditation requirements. The Assessment Process adopted ABET’s program outcomes and grouped them into three categories; Design and Troubleshoot ability, Depth of Technical Knowledge, and Professional Practice. A set of assessment tools has been identified which include both direct and indirect assessment tools For each category.
2. EET Program Outcomes
The EET Program Outcomes capture the desired attributes that the EET program at School of Technology (SoT) aspires to impart to its students through both the curriculum and academic experience. The desired outcomes of the EET program were adopted from ABET’s (a) through (k) outcomes1 shown in Table 1 as Outcomes 1 through 11 as well as ABET’s Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology Program Criteria Outcomes1 shown in Table 1 as Outcomes 12 through 16.
Alaraje, N., & Hembroff, G. (2008, June), The Electrical Engineering Technology Program Outcome Assessment Process – Development And Implementation Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3771
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