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Accreditation

The BS program in industrial engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.

Annual program enrollment and degrees awarded information can be found here.  (opens as a PDF).

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 some 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

 

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.

MS Industrial & Systems Engineering          
MEng. Industrial & Systems Engineering    
MEng. Engineering Management 
MS Sustainable Engineering
MEng. Sustainable Engineering


There are several graduate programs within the ISE Department that share similar coursework, are administered collectively, and utilize the same assessment and evaluation plan; 

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.

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