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Assessment/Accreditation Issues

How it all fits together for program assessment.

We have used several terms when speaking of assessment.  In particular Goals, Objectives, and measurements are the components of any assessment plan.

Goals - are lofty things, broad in scope and are worthy things to aspire to.  In some cases, the goal might be impossible to achieve.  For example, the goal of the Widget program might be:

To graduate the best Widget Technicians in the world.

Objectives - These are the smaller targets that the program will accomplish on the way to achieving the goal.  It typically takes several (if not many) objectives to accomplish the goal.  Objectives should (read must) be measurable and in most cases quantifiable in a real way that we can measure.  Using this definition, saying we want our graduates to be 'good' at using Widget Software isn't adequate.  Instead we might want to require;

Objective 1:  Graduates will have demonstrated proficiency in using XYZ Widget software.  All graduates (100%) will have successfully completed a course of instruction in the use of this software.  Proficiency will be demonstrated in these classes, and a minimum passing grade of 70% in these courses will be earned by every graduate.

In this case we use course outcomes to demonstrate proficiency.  This requires that courses are graded consistently and the way they are graded is agreed upon to meet the requirements for proficiency.

Some of the objective might be dependent on some form of external qualification for example, an industry certification for CWT (Certified Widget Technician) might be used to ensure graduates have a level of skill as Widget Technicians.

Objective 2: All graduates will attain certification as Certified Widget Technician within one year of graduation.

The only problem with this objective is that 100% (all) is expecting quite a bit.  Another issue is whether there is a cost associated with the certification and if so, who pays for it.  It is very difficult to place this type of requirement as part of degree requirements, so compelling graduates to attain certification is problematic.  A better approach might be to say that 100% of those graduates who seek this certification, achieve it within - say six months.

 

  A very typical form of assessment is graduate information obtained through either employer or graduate survey. 

Objective 3: Eighty percent of gradates from the Widget program will obtain employment in the Widget industry within a year of graduation.

Objective 4: Employer satisfaction surveys indicate that 90 percent of those surveyed feel that graduates of Northern's Widget program are either qualified or highly qualified for the positions for which they were hired.

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Hopefully these simple examples will provide some idea of Goals and Objectives.  The third part of the goal setting process is to determine how these objectives (and therefore Goals) will be achieved.  In most cases, this will take the form of inclusion as part of student/learner objectives included within course documentation (syllabi) for courses required in the program.  For example, to meet objective 1 above, the course syllabus for WGT 315 will include;

At completion of this course, students will successfully demonstrate the following

1 - Installation and configuration of XYZ software used in the Widget industry.

2 - Proper operation of the XYZ software through each step of Widget design, fabrication and testing.

Not every course needs to address every objective, and not every course objective needs to be included in the list of program objectives.  In some cases, for example writing ability, program objectives will be included in several courses, and might therefore be integrated into the curriculum.  Each of these courses that address the objective should include it in the course objectives.

 

As part of the work being conducted by the Campus Assessment Committee,

A Common form for course syllabus is being considered.  This comes from a survey of our course syllabi that I took from our W: drive and provided to Curtis Smeby for review.  The result of his review is included below - a link is provided here.

 

 

Program

Course

Objectives

Student Responsibilities

Specific Criteria for Grading

Agricultural Mechanics

AGMT 114 - Small Engines and RVs

4 listed

none

none

 

AGMT 120 Forage Implements

10 listed

none

Grading no criteria

 

AGMT 130 - Introduction to Agricultural Tractors

3 listed

none

None

 

AGMT 205 - Introduction of Grain Harvesting Equipment

2 listed

none

None

 

AGMT 210 - Change to Tillage, Planting and Spraying Implements

1 listed

none

none

 

AGMT 350 Tractor and Equipment Applied Technology

0 listed

none

None

 

AGMT 370  Advanced Grain Harvesting Equipment

 

0 listed

none

None

 

AGMT 410 Agricultural Machinery Management

 

0 listed

none

None

Agricultural Operations Technology

AOT 300 Economic Development in Rural Areas

7 listed

Attendance expectations

Grading no criteria

 

AG 310 Soil & Water Management

3 listed

Attendance expectations

Grading no criteria

 

AOT 315 Geographic Information Systems

 

3 listed

none

none

Automotive & Diesel Technology

ATDI 134 Auto/Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems I

 

35 listed

Outlined in Syllabus

Grading some criteria

 

ATDI 257 Automatics

 

150 + listed

Some outlined

Grading no criteria

 

ATDI 264 Auto/Diesel Electrical Systems II

 

45 listed

Outlined in syllabus

Grading no criteria

Program

Course

Objectives

Student Responsibilities

Specific Criteria for Grading

 

ATDI 265 - Heating and Air Conditioning

6 listed

none

none

 

ATDI 383 - Alternative Automotive Power Systems

1 listed

none

none

 

ATDI 384 - Auto/Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems III

1 listed

none

none

 

ATDI 400 - Shop Procedures

12 listed

none

none

Automotive

AUTO 105 - Consumer Mechanics       

5 listed

none

None

 

AUTO 115 - Introduction to Automotive Services

1 listed

none

None

 

AUTO 117 - Manual Power Trains

3 listed

Some outlined

Grading no criteria

 

AUTO 119 Brakes

4 listed

Some outlined

Grading no criteria

 

AUTO 128 Engines

56 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

AUTO 151 Diagnosis & Tune-Up

0 listed

Attendance

Grading no criteria

 

AUTO 152 Diagnosis & Tune Up Lab

7 activ

Some outlined

Grading no criteria

 

AUTO 220 Suspension and Alignment

2 outlined + activities

Some outlined

Grading criteria

 

AUTO 251 - Computerized Engine Control Systems

none

none

none

 

AUTO 252 - Computerized Engine Control Systems Lab

10 listed

none

none

 

AUTO 255 Applied Service Technology

 

0 listed

Some outlined

Grading & criteria

 

AUTO 355 Automotive Services Operations

 

5 listed

Some outlined

Grading no criteria

 

AUTO 408 Current Trends in Mobility Technology

5 listed

yes

Grading & criteria outlined

 

Auto 450 Dynamometer testing and Computer System Data Analysis

10 listed

Some outlined

Grading no criteria

 

AUTO 457 Advanced Power Trains

5 listed

Some outlined

Grading some criteria

 

AUTO 488 - Automotive Practicum

 

none

none

none

Auto Body

BODY 140 - Panel Adjustment and Glass

none

none

None

 

BODY 141 - Introduction to Metal Refinishing

4 listed

none

None

Program

Course

Objectives

Student Responsibilities

Specific Criteria for Grading

 

BODY 142 - Metal Repair Lab

5 listed

none

none

 

BODY 143 - Refinishing

3 listed

none

none

 

BODY 144 Refinishing Lab

3 listed

none

none

 

BODY 215 - Principles of Unibody Repair Fundamen

1 listed

none

none

 

BODY 216 - Unibody Repair Technology

none

none

none

 

BODY 241 Estimating

1 listed

none

none

 

BODY 243 - Shop Production

none

none

none

 

BODY 354 - Auto Body Shop Management Lab

none

none

none

Business Education

BUED 100 Keyboarding

none

none

none

 

BUED 110 Introduction to Business Education

5 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

BUED 142 - Introduction to Word Processing

3 listed

yes

Grading & criteria

 

BUED 230 Office Skills

none

none

none

 

BUED 238 - Automated Office

none

none

none

 

BUED 245  -  Personal Finance

8 listed

yes

Grading & criteria

 

BUED 280 - The Internet and Web Page Design

4 listed

yes

Grading & criteria

 

BUED 302 - Introduction to E-Commerce and Internet Marketing

3 listed

yes

Grading & criteria

 

BUED 305 Video Editing and Production

5 listed

yes

Grading & criteria

 

BUED 315 - Methods of Teaching Accounting

none

none

none

 

BUED 316 - Methods of Teaching Keyboarding and Word Processing

none

none

none

 

BUED 317 - Methods of Teaching Office Skills

none

none

none

 

BUED 318 - Methods of Teaching Personal Finance

none

none

none

 

BUED 319 - Methods of Teaching Business Law

none

none

none

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUED 348 Business Communications

none

none

none

 

BUED 421 - Methods of Teaching Marketing

none

none

none

 

BUED 422 - Methods of Teaching Entrepreneurship

none

none

none

Program

Course

Objectives

Student Responsibilities

Specific Criteria for Grading

 

BUED 423 - Methods of Teaching Computer Apps

none

none

none

 

BUED 424 - Methods of Teaching Business to Special Learners

none

none

none

 

BUED 455 - Pre-Practicum Seminar

none

none

none

Accounting

ACCT 255 - Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting

none

none

none

 

ACCT 261 Accounting Principles I

yes

none

Grading no criteria

 

ACCT 262 - Principles of Accounting II

3 listed

none

None

 

ACCT 265 - Income Tax

3 listed

none

None

 

ACCT 270 - Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations

none

none

none

 

ACCT 285 - Accounting Systems

3 listed

none

none

 

ACCT 315 - Intermediate Accounting I

2 listed

none

none

 

ACCT 316 - Intermediate Accounting II

5 listed

none

none

 

ACCT 321 - Managerial Accounting

3 listed

none

none

 

ACCT 322 - Auditing

5 listed

none

none

 

ACCT 407 - Financial Statement Analysis

2 listed

none

none

Business

BUS 100 - Introduction to Business

9 listed

yes

yes

 

BUS 110 - Creative Problem Solving

4 listed

yes

Yes

 

BUS 120 - Leadership

Program outcomes

yes

Yes

 

BUS 250 - Business Statistics

5 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

BUS 271 - Legal Environment of Business

7 listed

none

Grading no criteria

 

BUS 300 Management in Organizations

5 listed

none

Yes

 

BUS 332 Human Resource Management

5 listed

none

Grading no criteria

Program

Course

Objectives

Student Responsibilities

Specific Criteria for Grading

 

BUS 335 Principles of Marketing

5 listed

none

Grading no criteria

 

BUS 336 Advanced Marketing Application

6 listed

none

none

 

BUS 337 Consumer Behavior

3 listed

none

None

 

BUS 350 Financial Management

2 listed

none

None

 

BUS 360 Project Management

none

none

None

 

BUS 380 Operations Management

24 listed

8 listed

yes

 

BUS 405 Business Ethics

6 listed

none

yes

 

BUS 406 Management of Information Systems

3 listed

none

yes

 

BUS 410 International Business

3 listed

none

None

 

BUS 420 Business Policies

none

none

Yes

 

BUS 430 Senior Projects

4 listed

5 listed

Yes

 

BUS 436 Sales & Sales Management

4 listed

none

None

 

BUS 440 Internship

4 listed

none

none

Small Business Management

SBM 338 Promotions

26 -listed

5 listed

Yes

 

SBM Small Business Management

1-listed

none

none

 

SBM 416 New Venture Development

none

none

Grading no criteria

Technical Sales & Service

TSS 222 Customer Service

4 listed

none

none

 

TSS 246 Technical Sales and Service

5 listed

yes

yes

 

TSS 248 Retail Distributorship

5 listed

yes

yes

Civil Engineering Technology

CET 173 Architectural Construction & Materials

 

4 listed

none

none

 

CET 181 Surveying

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CET 220 Construction Management & Bid Estimation

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CET 221Engineering Mechanics

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CET 232 Strength of Materials

3 listed

none

none

 

CET 305 Engineering Economics

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CET 307 Structural Analysis

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CET 315 Soil Mechanics & Foundations

none

none

none

Program

Course

Objectives

Student Responsibilities

Specific Criteria for Grading

 

CET 361 Design & Details of Steel Buildings

3 listed

none

None

 

CET 375 Applied Fluid Mechanics

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CET 385 Highway Design & Construction

1 listed

none

None

Computer Information Systems

CIS 111 Integrated Business Applications

1 listed

none

none

 

CIS 112 Web Site Development

none

none

None

 

CIS 115 Visual Basic Programming

12 listed

none

None

 

CIS 155 Java Programming

none

none

None

 

CIS 161 Assembly I & Computer Architecture

5 listed

none

None

 

CIS 171 Desktop/Small Business Databases using MS Access

9 listed

none

None

 

CIS 255 Information

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CIS 270 Software Engineering

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CIS 300 Operating Systems Introduction

1 listed

none

None

 

CIS 285 Spreadsheets

10 listed

none

None

 

CIS 320 Computers in Education

5 listed

none

Yes

 

CIS 325 Information Resource Management

10 listed

none

None

 

CIS 355 Data Structures

none

none

None

 

CIS 360 Business Telecommunications & Networking

35 listed

none

None

 

CIS 371 Enterprise Databases Using Oracle

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CIS 410 Enterprise Resource Planning

none

none

None

 

CIS 420 Computer Teaching Methods

none

none

None

 

CIS 455 e-Commerce Programming

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

CIS 471 Information System Engineering

none

none

None

CPET

CPET 201 Computer Hardware I

10 listed

none

None

 

CPET 260 Networking I

8 listed

none

None

 

CPET 301 Discrete Mathematics

5 listed

none

None

 

CPET 410 Senior Seminar-Computer Systems

8 listed

none

None

Diesel Technology

DIES 104 Introduction to Diesel Engines

6 listed

none

Grading no criteria

 

DIES 114 Introduction to Diesel Engine Lab

9 listed

none

Grading no criteria

Program

Course

Objectives

Student Responsibilities

Specific Criteria for Grading

 

DIES 115 Introduction to Diesel Fuel Systems

7 listed

none

None

 

DIES 204 Introduction to Hydraulics and Pneumatics

6 listed

none

None

 

DIES 214 Advance Hydraulics

11 listed

none

Grading no criteria

 

DIES 216 Heavy Duty Power Trains

3 listed

none

None

 

DIES 219 Heavy Duty Chassis

5 listed

none

None

 

DIES 262 Diesel Engine Diagnosis and Repair

3 listed

none

None

 

DIES 272 Diesel Engine Diagnosis and Repair Lab

11 listed

none

None

 

DIES 273 Diesel Shop Practices

8 listed

none

None

 

DIES 314 Hydraulics and Pneumatics II

12 listed

none

None

 

DIES 420 Diesel Shop Management

9 listed

none

none

 

DIES 434 Current Technology

2 listed

none

None

 

DIES 440 Advanced Fuel Systems

3 listed

none

None

 

DIES 450 Power Shifts & HD Automatics

6 listed

none

Grading no criteria

Drafting

DRFT 131 Technical Graphics I

26 listed

yes

Yes

 

DRFT 132 Descriptive Geometry

15 listed

yes

Yes

 

DRFT 156  Introduction to CAD

19 listed

yes

Yes

 

DRFT 201 Residential Drafting             

10 listed

none

None

 

DRFT 205 Machine Drawing

11 listed

yes

Yes

 

DRFT 244 Civil Engineering Drafting

none

none

Grading no criteria

 

DRFT 256 3D CAD

8 listed

none

None

 

DRFT 308 Methods of teaching Secondary Drafting

none

none

None

 

DRFT 328 Technical Illustration

9 listed

none

None

 

DRFT 336 Process Piping

9 listed

none

None

 

DRFT 356 CAD Presentation

9 listed

none

None

 

DRFT 409 Industrial Product Design

12 listed

none

None

 

DRFT 416 Design Drafting

5 listed

Yes

Grading no criteria

 

DRFT 456 CAD Presentation II

4 listed

none

None

 

DRFT 457 Architectural CAD

21 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

Program

Course

Objectives

Student Responsibilities

Specific Criteria for Grading

Electrical Engineering Technology      

 

EET 101 Introduction to Electricity/Electronics

18 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

EET 103 Electronic Fundamentals

9 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

EET 110 Survey of Electronics

26 listed

yes

Yes

 

EET 204  Electronic Fundamentals II

11 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

EET 205 Communications Fundamentals

18 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

EET 206 Electronics Equipment Design & Fabrication

11 listed

none

None

 

EET 207 Digital Fundamentals

12 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

EET 304 Network Circuit Analysis

1 listed

none

None

 

EET 305 Digital Systems

7 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

EET 307 Communications Circuits

11 listed

none

None

 

EET 308 Industrial Electronics

16 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

EET 315 Instrumentation and Data Logging

1 listed

none

None

 

EET 401 Interfacing & Senior Project

9 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

EET 430 Advanced Communications Systems

3 listed

none

None

 

EET 450 Advanced Digital Systems

3 listed

none

None

Industrial & Engineering Technology      

 

IT 100 Introduction to technology

6 listed

none

None

 

IT 109 Introduction to Woodworking

8 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

IT 111 Industrial Safety/Waste Management

4 listed

none

None

 

IT 130 Construction Technology

8 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

IT 209 Furniture & Cabinetmaking

11 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

IET 480 Senior Project I

4 listed

none

None

 

IET 481 Senior Project II

4 listed

none

None

Welding Certificate

METL 140 Arc-Oxyfuel Welding

3 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

METL 150 Shielded Metal Arc Welding

4 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

METL 154 Gas Arc Welding Process

2 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

METL 155 Machining Processes

6 listed

none

None

 

METL 185 Metal Fabrication

7 listed

none

None

 

METL 255 Foundry and Patternmaking

6 listed

none

None

 

METL 260 Repair and Maintenance Welding

9 listed

none

None

 

METL 285 Welding Certifications Procedures I

6 listed

yes

None

 

METL 315 Metallurgy and Manufacturing Materials

7 listed

none

None

 

METL 353 Metal Sculpture

6 listed

none

None

 

METL 357 Welding Certification Procedures III

4 listed

none

None

Plumbing

PLMB 100 Introduction to Plumbing Trades

6 listed

yes

Grading no criteria

 

PLMB 110 Introduction to Plumbing & Drawing

4 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 120 Introduction to Piping Systems

3 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 170 Plumbing Codes

1 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 200 Pipe Fitting Tools and Motorized Equip 

2 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 210 Advanced Blueprint Reading

2 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 230 Hangers, Supports, and Field Testing

5 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 250 Special Piping

4 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 260 Intro to Control Circuit Troubleshooting

2 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 270 Hydronic Heating and Cooling Systems

3 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 280 Energy Management

2 listed

none

None

 

PLMB 285 System Startup and Shutdown

3 listed

none

None