Presentation on on ABET (CEFO Sept 16)

Ron Smelser
Professor and Associate Dean
Dean’s Office
Program Accreditation Assures
Curricular Objectives are Being Met
Students are Being Adequately Prepared
Faculty are Qualified
Graduates are Qualified to Assume Professional
Stakeholders are Engaged with the Programs
Parents and Students are Concerned About
Course Outcomes
Learning Objectives for Individual Courses
Set by Faculty
Evaluated by Faculty
Course Outcomes
Learning Objectives for Individual Courses
Set by Faculty
Evaluated by Faculty
Program Outcomes
Learning Outcomes for Your Program
Define the skills and competencies of students
Expected at the time of graduation
Set by Faculty
Evaluated by Faculty
Program Educational Objectives
What a Graduate Should be Able to Do 3-5 Years
after Graduation
Set by Faculty and Stakeholders
Evaluated by Stakeholders – Primarily
Advisory Committees
Required for Credibility
ABET – Undergraduate Programs
SACS – All degree Programs
SPART – Strategic Planning and Assessment
Resource Team
Initiated in Spring 1996
Originated to Support Strategic Planning Process
College-wide Committee
Associate Dean and Assistant Dean Chair
Departmental and Program representatives appointed by
Responsible for Assessment and Survey
Resource for ABET and SACS accreditation
documentation – SPART Web Site
ICAP – Individual Course Assessment Process
Directly Assess ABET Learning Outcome
Objective Evaluation
Usually quantitative – not always
May require narrative and recommendations
Each Semester
Individual Faculty Responsibility
Archived for Continuous Improvement
Reviewed by appropriate FAIT(s)
Survey Instrument – Indirect Measure
FAIT – Focus Area Improvement Team
Faculty Group Reviewing a Program Thrust Area
Review ICAP Reports
Review Program Educational Objectives
Each Semester but at Least Once per Year
Recommend Course Improvements and/or
Curricular Changes Based on Data
Archived Reports for Continuous Improvement
What changes implemented
Impact of changes
PROBE – PRogram OBjective Evaluation
Department Faculty Led by Chair
Biennially Reviewed
Survey Data
Stakeholders – employers, students, faculty
Identify Improvement Opportunities From
Stakeholders and FAIT
Recommend Curricular Changes Based on Needs
Identified for Program Graduates
Archived for Continuous Improvement
AIM – Assessment and Improvement Meetings
College Leadership – Deans, Chairs, College Faculty
Others as Required
Triannual Meetings
Program and Strategic Planning
Evaluation of assessment data
Archived for Continuous Improvement
What Do We Do?
Be Familiar with Your Program
Be Familiar with Our Processes
Frequency of Evaluation
Students/Faculty – Annually
Alumni/Employers - Trienially
What Do We Do?
Be Congenial with the Visitors
Be Honest in Your Responses
Evaluators Can Ask Anyone, Anything , Any Time
Respond Promptly and Professionally

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