June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Two Year College Division
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Tuning is the faculty-led process of defining what students must know, understand, and be ableto demonstrate after completing a degree in a specific field – in other words, a body ofknowledge and skills for an academic discipline in terms of outcomes and levels of achievementof its graduates. Tuning provides an expected level of competency achievement at each stepalong the process of becoming a professional: expectations at the beginning of pre-professionalstudy, at the beginning of professional study, and at the transition to practice. Tuning can alsodefine the competencies achieved through experience after formal education. Through Tuning,students have a clear “picture” of what is expected and can efficiently plan their educationalexperience to achieve those expectations. As part of a four-year, Lumina-sponsored grantproject, the State of Texas has embarked upon integrating the Tuning process into lower-divisioncourse-level alignment work that was piloted in 2009 through the efforts of the VoluntaryMechanical Engineering Transfer Compact Committee, a voluntary advisory committeecomprised of engineering deans and their designees from across Texas. Over a four-year grantperiod, with the help of additional voluntary higher education faculty advisory committees, theTuning process, and the process of vertically and horizontally aligning lower-division courses,will be applied to 12 academic discipline areas, beginning with engineering fields and otherhigh-need STEM disciplines. Presented in this paper are the basis and methodology used by the“Tuning Oversight Council for Engineering,” which is comprised of engineering facultymembers from across Texas, to align lower-division courses and Tune the civil, industrial,electrical, and mechanical engineering disciplines.
Smith, M. E., & Gardner, D. W., & Nelson, J. K. (2011, June), "TUNING" Engineering Programs in the Context of ABET Accreditation Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17287
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