286828 Assessment of Student Outcomes and Program Objectives: Methods for Effectiveness
Assessment of Student Outcomes and Program Objectives:
Methods for Effectiveness
The assessment of Student Outcomes (traditionally aligned with ABET Student Outcomes “a-k”) and Program Objectives poses an ever-present demand on resources in any engineering department. Executing successful program assessment and evaluation through department faculty requires careful design of assessment instruments and “points of intersection” between assessment tools and program activities (e.g. courses, constituent involvement, student organizations, etc.). Effective assessment is characterized by efficiency of tools and implementation to garner faculty and constituent “buy-in”. As illustrated below, the balance in any assessment program brings a tension between effectiveness and extent of assessment and evaluation. At one end of the spectrum is an extensive use of strong, effective assessment tools. While this may constitute the “ultimate” in the game of program assessment, it is unrealistic for departments relying upon “in-house” delivery by program faculty. The more effective and pragmatic approach is to select or design a few great tools and implement them strategically within departmental resource constraints (e.g. faculty/staff time, available funding, etc.). This talk presents ideas and examples for strategic design and implementation of assessment tools—some successful and some less so. The discussion will include challenges faced with managing ABET program assessment within departmental resources.