June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.1429.1 - 10.1429.11
Using Student Learning Outcomes Assessment to Assure EC2000 Program Effectiveness
Dr. Fong Mak, Dr. Stephen Frezza
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Gannon University Erie, PA
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of Gannon University has devised a process in which faculty define specific graded (key) assignments that are linked to the (course-level) student learning objectives. Each student must meet or exceed the minimum passing criteria defined in these key assignments to be eligible to pass the course. In this way, each student passing a course is measurably justified in having met the course objectives. By the virtue of the process, all students who graduate from the program must have also met or exceeded the minimum standard on every course objective, and consequently ensures that these graduates have all (individually) met or exceeded the overall program educational objectives.
As part of its continuous-improvement process[1,2], the ECE department presented its program assessment process and results to the members of its industry committee, many of whom are intimately involved with ISO 9000 assurance processes and other quality process auditing procedures. In reviewing the information provided, the committee challenged our program to enhance the process to ensure that each student going through the program will meet all the criteria. The department responded by devising a process for mapping course objectives to the program outcomes that leads to defining the minimum grading policy for each course . By linking the program outcomes to student learning outcomes, we can ensure that students meet or exceed the course objectives upon passing that class. As a by-product of the process, we also developed a more effective process for identifying objective evidence in support of meeting course objectives.
By the virtue of the process, all students who graduate from the program must also have met the course objectives, and consequently must have met the overall program educational objectives. The key point is that the assurance of meeting program educational objectives for every graduate
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
Mak, F., & Frezza, S. (2005, June), Using Student Learning Outcomes Assessment To Assure Ec2000 Program Effectiveness Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15356
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