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Triangulating Tc2 K Assessment Results By Using Student Surveys

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

TC2K Methods and Models

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Engineering Technology

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11.1351.1 - 11.1351.22



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Timothy Skvarenina Purdue University

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Triangulating TC2K Assessment Results by Using Student Surveys


This paper describes the use of student surveys to supplement in-course assessment of program outcomes in a EET program for Technology Criteria 2000 (TC2K). It discusses the development of the program outcomes and their assessment within the department courses. It then describes, in detail, the surveys that were developed and concludes with numerical results together with analyses of the results. Examples of how the surveys indicated areas that need attention are included. The opinions expressed in this paper are solely those of the author and should not be considered to represent an official ABET position.


With the adoption of TC2K for accreditation the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET requires accredited programs to define objectives and outcomes and to prove to the visitor that they are being met and that the program is being continually improved. The TC2K was reorganized and modified for 2004.1 The new TC2K includes eight criteria:

1. Program Educational Objectives 2. Program Outcomes 3. Assessment and Evaluation 4. Program Characteristics 5. Faculty 6. Facilities 7. Institutional and External Support 8. Program Criteria

The Self-Study instructions2 provide guidance as to what must be included in the Self-Study report and the display materials. In particular, the readiness matrix in the Self-Study instructions indicates the necessity of having multiple methods of assessment. This paper will concentrate on the development and assessment of the program outcomes, and specifically the use of student surveys to help identify areas for improvement in the curriculum.

Program Outcome Development

The EET program at Purdue is a 2+2 curriculum; i.e., students spend two years working toward an Associate of Science degree in EET, followed by two more years to obtain a B.S. degree. A unique characteristic of the program is that students are required to take a projects course in each of the first three years and a two-semester senior project sequence in their senior year. At the Purdue West Lafayette campus, very few students stop at the A.S. point. Because of the

Skvarenina, T. (2006, June), Triangulating Tc2 K Assessment Results By Using Student Surveys Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1105

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