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Tracking Capstone Course Performance in a Database That is used to Track Accreditation Documentation _______________ University is a regional comprehensive institution withapproximately 9,000 students. Nearly 200 of those students are undergraduates majoringin Engineering Technology (ET), which places a heavy emphasis on preparing itsgraduates for employment primarily in the manufacturing sector. The ET program at_____ is an on-campus program that is accredited through the technology commission ofthe Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET-TAC). While thisaccreditation has been maintained for several decades, it has become more challenging inrecent years to effectively and efficiently track the documentation needed to validate thestatus of the ET program. The most recent ABET visit generated many notebooks filled with copies ofreports, homeworks, exams, and rubrics, all supporting the efforts of the ET faculty todeliver a quality program to its students. Many of these copies were generated in thesenior project capstone course, a two-semester sequence where students work in teams todesign, build, and test a prototype for an external customer, typically a regionalmanufacturing company. Despite the valiant efforts to keep documentation organized,the sheer volume of paperwork often became cumbersome and challenging to navigate. This year a Microsoft Access database has been developed to enter grades andcomments for each senior project team, as they complete each gate in their capstonecourse sequence. The data are compiled through a series of queries and reports tomeasure the teams individually and in aggregate against a standardized rubric. Since thesenior capstone course sequence is used for a large number of the performance indicatorsto support the ET program outcomes, the implementation of this database is proving to bea powerful tool. In addition to housing the performance data for the student teams, thedatabase also contains hyperlinks to the additional supporting documentation which ishoused on a network server. Being in a pilot phase, it is recognized that training is stillneeded to get faculty and staff familiar with Microsoft Access, and this specific database.It is hoped that this database can be used over the next several years to effectivelyorganize the documentation necessary for the next ABET visit, while reducing the reamsof paper used in the process.
Stone, W. L., & Ferguson, C. W. (2012, June), Tracking Capstone Course Performance in a Database that is used to Track Accreditation Documentation Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22125
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