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Transitioning to the New ABET Student Outcomes: Architecture Development for a Systems Engineering Degree Program

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 3 – Course and Program Outcomes

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Systems Engineering

Page Count

20

DOI

10.18260/1-2--31159

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https://peer.asee.org/31159

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Stu Turner US Air Force Academy Systems Engineering

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Dr. Stu Turner is an assistant professor of Systems Engineering at the US Air Force Academy. He has been involved in engineering education for 12 years and has eight years of industry experience in manned space programs.

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Kalyn Tung United States Air Force Academy

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Capt Kalyn Tung is the Deputy Director of the Systems Engineering Program and an instructor at the United States Air Force Academy. She is responsible for the academic operations of the largest engineering major at the school.

From 2014 to 2017, she worked in the MILSATCOM Directorate at Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. She was the requirements lead on the Enhanced Polar System and as the Deputy Program Manager on the Protected Tactical Service Field Demonstration.

Capt Kalyn Tung graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Science in Systems Engineering, focusing in aeronautical systems. She graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2014 with a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering, focusing in airborne and human systems.

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Cory Cooper United States Air Force Academy

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Lieutenant Colonel Cory Cooper is currently the Director of the Systems Engineering Program at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He holds a PhD an MSc in Systems Engineering from the Technical University of Delft and the Air Force Institute of Technology respectively. He has held various developmental engineering and program management positions in the US Air Force, to include Deputy Director for Airworthiness in the F-35 Lightning II Program Office, deployed Joint Combat Damage Assessor for US/Coalition/Contractor/Afghan aircraft in Afghanistan, Chief of Operations for the Systems Engineering Program at USAFA, Mechanical Systems Engineer in the C/KC-135 Program Office, and deployed Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Engineer for B-1B aircraft.

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Abstract

Systems engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The accreditation process includes evaluation of a program’s development and assessment of defined student outcomes (SO) (i.e. Criterion 3). These outcomes were recently revised by ABET for programs seeking accreditation in 2019 and later. The systems engineering degree program at the United States Air Force Academy has been twice accredited by ABET and will be revisited in 2020. In preparation for this visit and as part of its continuous improvement process, the Academy has revised its assessment architecture starting with a transition to the new ABET SOs. Following update to the new SOs, observable performance criteria (PC) were also revised. Updated traceability matrices were then developed to map into the Academy’s cross-department, multidisciplinary curriculum. These curriculum mappings ensure full coverage of the SOs and serve as a basis for requests for assessment data to the various course directors. It has been observed that this strong traceability and clarity of data required of administering course directors is essential to building a tenable assessment process. This paper provides an overview and roadmap for other systems engineering programs seeking to revise their assessment architecture in preparation for ABET accreditation. The revision process, developed products of the assessment architecture, and observations on their implementation are provided.

Turner, S., & Tung, K., & Cooper, C. (2018, June), Transitioning to the New ABET Student Outcomes: Architecture Development for a Systems Engineering Degree Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31159

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