Using Engineering Competency Feedback to Assess Agricultural Engineering Curriculum
In order to adequately address ABET Outcomes, Iowa State University’s (ISU) College of Engineering (COE) is using a competency-based assessment program that provides semester-tosemester feedback from students and employers engaged in cooperative education. The ISU Engineering Career Services (ECS) office collects these data for the fall, spring, and summer school terms. The average data by department is available for use by departmental committees to assess students’ competency levels and program outcomes. The Agricultural Engineering (AE) program at ISU is using this data, along with cooperative education student focus group feedback, to assess our curriculum. This process is ongoing and is very valuable in meeting ABET expectations for continuous improvement based on constituent feedback. This paper will describe the competency-based assessment program in the COE at ISU, present the data provided by the ECS office and the AE student focus groups, and show how this feedback is being used in our continuous improvement initiative.
This paper is from Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.