CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

Web-Based evaluation Process for an Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Date of Award

2006

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Information Systems (DCIS)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

Getrude W. Abramson

Committee Member

Maxine S. Cohen

Committee Member

Helen St. Aubin

Abstract

National and regional accrediting agencies require educational institutions to provide evidence that indicate the fulfillment of program objectives and generate results for improvement of curriculum. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires programs to develop and implement an evaluation process for assessing learning outcomes, reviewing achievement in the workplace by recent graduates of the program, and formulating a course of action for quality improvement of the program. Accrediting agencies require a structured plan to measure and evaluate learning outcomes and objectives, as defined by a program. They do not stipulate the methods to be used in the development of assessment and evaluation processes. However, they require that institutions demonstrate the andragogy used to achieve objectives as well as evidence of assessment and plans for continuous improvement.

The study developed an evaluation model that included seven surveys for measuring the achievement of program objectives and learning outcomes, methods for scoring the results of these surveys, and techniques for presenting and comparing the measurements obtained. Committees were formed to represent industry, professional organizations and societies, science department, master’s program, local conference leaders, faculty, and IEEE student branch. The committees assessed the evaluation model.

Web-based technologies were employed to deliver the surveys to students, faculty, alumni, and industry. These browser-based instruments were password protected to provide security to constituents. The university online survey system provided a database for storing data to be assessed over several semesters or terms of assessment for comparing results and determining trends.

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