Assessment and Evaluation of Objectives and Outcomes for Continuous Improvement of an Industrial Engineering Program

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Min, Kyung
Gemmill, Douglas
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Jackman, John
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Min, K. Jo
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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering teaches the design, analysis, and improvement of the systems and processes in manufacturing, consulting, and service industries by application of the principles of engineering. The Department of General Engineering was formed in 1929. In 1956 its name changed to Department of Industrial Engineering. In 1989 its name changed to the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.
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In recent years, ABET accreditation has placed a heavy emphasis not only on the assessment of objectives and outcomes, but also on the evaluation of them and subsequent efforts for continuous improvement based on such an evaluation. Currently, a plethora of assessment tools and conceptual frameworks notwithstanding, there exists a relative paucity of documented efforts on the actual evaluation and subsequent continuous improvement. In this paper, we first concretely (1) show how such assessment and evaluation can be deliberately and systematically conducted in the context of an Industrial Engineering program. We then (2) show how the results of the objectives evaluation lead to the efforts towards continuous improvement through the student outcomes. Through (1) and (2), we enable others to specifically identify and prepare for the critical stages necessary to advance beyond a display of assessment tools and conceptual frameworks and to actually close the loop for a continuous improvement cycle.

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This article is from International Journal of Engineering Education 29 (2013): 520. Posted with permission.

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