Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Students select a university and a specific program within that university for varied reasons. One of the most important reasons is program reputation related to quality of education. As educators, we must strive to provide academic opportunities that maintain this reputation, as well as support all constituents of the university (industry, students, university administrators, parents, etc.). Continuous improvement activities supporting university accreditation, as well as ABET accreditation provide reasonable guidelines for meeting our accreditation obligations. The most recognizable quality indicator of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program at Montana State University (MSU) is ETAC of ABET accreditation. We have maintained this accreditation since 1974. As ABET policies and procedures have evolved throughout the years, so too have our assessment procedures and activities evolved. Unfortunately, our assessment processes seem to have evolved to be more demanding than we feel they need to be. Therefore, as we have some time before our next ABET evaluation visit, we have undertaken a process review of our assessment activities. This process review is based on lean principles used in industry, with the main goal of eliminating waste through identification of non-value-added activity in processes. To accomplish this goal, we strove to first; identify the current-state of our continuous improvement and assessment activity, second; evaluate the current-state of our activity to find value, third; eliminating wasted activity and develop a future-state map – what our processes should look like, and fourth; implement and achieve this future-state. Application of lean principles provides an opportunity to take a fresh look at how we not only measure program quality, but how we assess and evaluate the ability of the program to meet expectations of our constituents. Ultimately, improvement in quality is a continuous process, and the MET program at MSU is dedicated to continuously evaluating and improving the curriculum and facilities. This paper will summarize the activities completed, the change opportunities identified, and the plans made for implementation of the identified improvements.
Cook, K. R., & Larson, R. E., & Miller, D. (2018, June), Using Lean Principles to Improve an Engineering Technology Assessment Process Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31208
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