Summary of ABET requirements related to outcomes, assessments, etc.
In other words, ABET's focus is on how we measure the extent to which
the students in the program achieve the program's outcomes listed above
and how we use the results to inform changes in the program to address any
weaknesses that the assessment may reveal; and it requires all of this
to be documented.
- ABET is focused on specific student outcomes that the program must
enable its students to attain. Our program outcomes are listed below.
These outcomes are
extremely broad but these are the ones that ABET has, in effect,
- Various courses in the curriculum are intended to help students
achieve the various outcomes but we cannot demonstrate this by simply
presenting the contents of these courses. Instead, we are required to
have a documented assessment process that we follow
assesses the extent to which each outcome is achieved, analyzes
the results of the assessments, and identifies any weaknesses
in the program as a whole to effect changes in the program
with the goal of improving the extent to which the outcomes are achieved.
- The assessment results as well as their analysis
etc. must also be regularly documented.
- The assessments are not just for use by individual instructors of
particular courses but, rather, at the level of the program.
- These assessments are not related to the assessments that a
course instructor may conduct (for purposes of assigning course grades
etc). They are different in the following respects:
- The focus is on the extent to which program outcomes are
achieved (rather than specific course topics although ...).
- The focus is not on individual students but, rather, on the overall
(average?) extent to which the outcomes are achieved.
- The focus is on using the assessment results to inform program improvements.
- The assessment process, the assessment results, the analysis/evaluation
of the results, the identified program improvements must all be regularly
BS-CSE program's student outcomes
Students in the BS-CSE program will attain:
an ability to apply knowledge of computing, mathematics including
discrete mathematics as well as probability and statistics, science,
an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze
and interpret data;
an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a software or a
software/hardware system, component, or process to meet desired needs
within realistic constraints such as memory, runtime efficiency, as
well as appropriate constraints related to economic, environmental,
social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and
an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and
social issues and responsibilities;
an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
an ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on
individuals, organizations, and society;
a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in
life-long learning and continuing professional development;
a knowledge of contemporary issues;
an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools
necessary for practice as a CSE professional;
an ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the
computing requirements appropriate to its solution;
an ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic
principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of
computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the
tradeoffs involved in design choices;
an ability to apply design and development principles in the
construction of software systems of varying complexity.
Our current continuous improvement processes
- Student exit-survey
- Alumni survey
POCAT: The results are documented regularly on the UGSC website (but
the documentation of the discussion of the results is somewhat lacking).
- Discussions in UGSC of POCAT results
- Discussions in UGSC of the results of the surveys
- Annual student forum and discussion of forum feedback in UGSC