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Undergraduate Program

BS Industrial Engineering

Given that the undergraduate IE program falls under the purview of ABET, the assessment process is tightly linked to the ABET criteria.  During AY2007-08, the ISE department focused on redefining the program educational objectives and student outcomes for the undergraduate program.  These objectives and outcomes were developed based on input from key constituents, including the advisory board members, alumni, employers, and ISE faculty.     The objectives are reviewed by the faculty and advisory board every three years.  The student outcomes also be reviewed every three years, and revised if necessary to ensure achievement of the program objectives.

IE Program Educational Objectives:  broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.

U.1.  “Systems Integrators” – Produce graduates who will draw upon broad knowledge to develop integrated systems-based engineering solutions that include the consideration of realistic constraints within contemporary global, societal, and organizational contexts.

U.2.   “Life-Long Learners” – Produce graduates who will develop engineering solutions using the skills and knowledge acquired through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development. 

U.3.  “Graduate Education” – Produce graduates who will successfully pursue graduate degrees. 

U.4.  “Engineering Professionals” – Produce graduates who will work independently as well as collaboratively with others, and demonstrate leadership, accountability, initiative, and ethical and social responsibility.

IE Student Outcomes:  what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program.

U.a. “Engineering Foundations” - an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
U.b. “Experimentation” - an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
U.c. “Design” - an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
U.d. “Multidisciplinary Teamwork” - an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
U.e. “Problem Solving” - an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
U.f. “Professional Responsibility” - an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
U.g. “Communication” - an ability to communicate effectively
U.h. “Broad Education” - the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
U.i. “Life-Long Learning” - a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
U.j. “Contemporary Issues” - a knowledge of contemporary issues
U.k. “Modern Tools” - an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

U.l.  “Systems Education” – an ability to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.
U.m. “Experiential Education” - an ability to immediately contribute to industrial, service, and/or government organizations based on at least one year of industrial engineering-related experiential education.

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Problem Solving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Responsibility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broad Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life-Long Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Systems Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experiential Education

 

IE Student Outcomes

IE Program Educational Objectives

Systems
Solutions

Life-Long Learners

Graduate Education

Engineering
Professionals

Engineering Foundations

 

 

Experimentation

 

 

Design

 

 

Multi-disciplinary Teamwork

 

 

Problem Solving

 

 

Professional Responsibility

 

Communication

 

Broad Education

 

 

Life-Long Learning

 

Contemporary Issues

 

Modern Tools

 

Systems Education

 

 

Experiential Education

 

 

Assessment and Evaluation of Objectives and Outcomes.  The ISE department has continued to assess and evaluate the IE program with respect to the IE undergraduate program objectives and outcomes.  While a majority of the assessment instruments have been in place for several years, the assessment instruments were reviewed and adapted in the summer of 2008, so they are tightly linked to the current objectives and outcomes that were revised in AY 2007-08. 

All quantitative data is collected on an on-going basis and evaluated every other year.  Any data that falls below the desired evaluation metric, triggers continuous improvement actions (unless otherwise noted, all survey data uses a 5-pt. scale).  All qualitative data is summarized annually and evaluated every other year.  Actions are acted upon when deemed appropriate by the faculty.

Assessment and Evaluation of Program Educational Objectives


Constituent Group

Assessment Method(s)

Data Collection

Evaluation Metric

Advisory Board – Comprised of employers and alumni

Meetings
Email communications

Annually
Quarterly

Review of qualitative feedback and action on items deemed appropriate by the faculty

Alumni

Alumni Survey

Annually to alumni 3 yrs. after graduation

90% of alumni with rating of  ≥3 on each objective

Employers

Focus Groups

1-2 times per year

Review of qualitative data/action on items deemed appropriate by the faculty

Graduate School Faculty (both external/internal)

Meetings Communication via email

Annually
On-going

Review of qualitative data/action on items deemed appropriate by the faculty

Assessment and Evaluation of Student Outcomes


Constituent  Group

Assessment Method(s)

Data Collection

Evaluation Metric

Employers

Co-op Reports

Quarterly

90% of graduates with rating of ≥3 on each outcome

 

Focus Groups

1-2 times per year

Review of qualitative data and action on items deemed appropriate by faculty

Students

Co-op Reports

Quarterly

90% of graduates with rating of ≥3 on each outcome

 

Course Materials

Quarterly – specific course assignments, across the curriculum,  linked to outcomes

90% of students with grade of  ≥ 60 on each assignment

 

 

Co-op Orientation Sessions

College Writing Exam

 

Quarterly

Quarterly – test results graded by Academic Support Center (ASC)

 

Graduation requirement

Any conditional “fails” are referred to ASC for remedial action

 

 

Focus Groups /
Course Evaluation Feedback

 

Annually /
Quarterly

 

Review of qualitative feedback and action on items deemed appropriate by faculty

Graduates

Exit Survey

Annually

90% of graduates with rating of ≥3 on each outcome

Advisory Board

Meetings

Annually

Review of qualitative feedback and action on items deemed appropriate by faculty

 

Email communications

On-going

 

Graduate Programs

There are several graduate programs within the ISE Department that share similar coursework, are administered collectively, and utilize the same assessment and evaluation plan; namely: 
            MS Industrial Engineering          MEng. Engineering Management
            MEng. Industrial Engineering      MEng. Systems Engineering

In Fall of AY2008-09, the ISE department redefined the graduate program objectives.  These objectives were developed based on input from key constituents, including the ISE faculty, students, employers, and advisory board members.  The graduate programs are not accredited by ABET and thus do not need to be tightly linked to the ABET criteria. Since the graduate program objectives were refined in Fall of AY2008-09, the assessment instruments have been reviewed and adapted, so they are linked to the newly refined program objectives.  

Program Objectives:   broad statements that describe the accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.


G.1.  “Systems Integrators” - Produce graduates who will draw upon broad knowledge to develop integrated systems-based engineering solutions that include the consideration of realistic constraints within contemporary global, societal, and organizational contexts. 

G.2.   “Life-Long Learners” - Produce graduates who will develop engineering solutions using the skills and knowledge acquired through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development. 

G.3.  “Graduate Education” - Produce graduates who will successfully pursue graduate degrees. 

G.4.  “Integrated Advanced Knowledge” – Produce graduates who will draw upon and integrate advanced knowledge in industrial engineering.

Assessment and Evaluation of Program Educational Objectives


Constituent Group

Assessment Method(s)

Data Collection

Evaluation Metric

Advisory Board - Comprised of employers and alumni

Meetings

Email communications

Annually

Quarterly

Review of qualitative feedback and action on items deemed appropriate by faculty

Alumni

Alumni Survey

Annually to alumni 3 yrs. after graduation

90% of alumni with rating of ≥3 on each objective

Employers

Focus Groups

1-2 times per year

Review of qualitative data and action on items deemed appropriate by faculty

Graduates

Placement / Salary survey

Annually

100% Placement
Salary > National means

Students

Graduate seminar attendance

Capstone Projects

Focus Groups

 

 

Theses Completion

Quarterly

 

Quarterly

Annually

 

 

On-going

100% of MS students > 90% attendance

100% of MEng. students

Review of qualitative data and action on items deemed appropriate by faculty

100% of MS students

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