Using Data and Visualization in Assessment

Many programs working to design and implement assessment processes view their work as focused largely on system mechanics including defining learning outcomes, designing or identifying measures, creating and implementing data collection plans and conducting analyses. However, this functional focus on system mechanics may become problematic because it does not include sufficient consideration of how data… Read more »

Establishing Effective Periodic Review of Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation, are the cornerstone of student outcomes-based education. As program faculty, we spend multiple years equipping our students with the skills, knowledge and abilities based on these established PEOs. In this session, we will discuss practical ways to identify key… Read more »

An Example of an Effective Program Assessment and Evaluation Process

Program faculty and administrators often struggle over how to develop and implement effective assessment and evaluation processes that conform to the ABET criteria. Concerns of excessive time, effort and lack of participation are often raised. The purpose of this session is to present an example of an assessment and evaluation process that works for and… Read more »

Designing Questionnaires to Maximize Validity and Increase Response Rates

Developing a questionnaire to collect information from students, alumni, employers, internship supervisors and/or other constituents can be a daunting task. This session will provide principles and processes for the development of an effective questionnaire to gather needed data and improve response rates. It will also provide tips on survey design and development. Other topics included… Read more »

Faculty Engagement in the Assessment Process

Sustainable program assessment and continuous quality improvement is a human process. Faculty are critical for success as they define student outcomes, assess student learning, evaluate data, design and implement changes, and assess impact. Unfortunately, many programs struggle to maintain sustainable assessment processes because faculty are not involved consistently or systematically. This is hardly surprising as… Read more »

Using a Human-Centered Engineering Design Framework to Connect ABET Outcomes to Learning Objectives and Performance Indicators in Engineering Courses

Anecdotally, engineering faculty often find it challenging to connect ABET outcomes to learning objectives or performance indicators in engineering courses. To support engineering faculty, we developed an evidence-based human-centered engineering design (HCED) framework that connects ABET outcomes to engineering design activities and human-centered design mindsets and processes. Faculty members can use the framework to evaluate… Read more »

New to Leading Program Assessment? Here is My Journey

Starting as an assessment leader can seem like a daunting task. You may not have all the answers for your program’s unique needs or know where your journey will lead. This talk showcases the speaker’s perspective of leading program assessment of multiple programs on two campuses from 2014 to present. During this time, she created… Read more »

Understanding the Use of Rubrics in Program Assessment

The use of rubrics is common in program assessment. However, not all rubrics are equal in clarity and usefulness. This session will explore ways to develop and use rubrics that will engage faculty through efficient methods and drive meaningful improvements. Topics to be explored are types of rubrics, scoring variations and faculty engagement. This presentation… Read more »

Use of Performance Indicators for Program Assessment

Performance indicators are a critically important educational tool for programs, both in setting course objectives and in helping students understand expectations of their learning by the time they complete the program. As such, performance indicators should be developed through a consensus among the faculty and, once assessed, the results should be reviewed to determine the… Read more »

Getting Started with Program Assessment

Are you new to program assessment? Have you volunteered or been assigned the task of leading your program assessment efforts and you need assistance on how to move forward? In this session, the speakers share experiences related to getting started and sustaining program assessment and program continuous improvement processes. The speakers will use a continuous… Read more »