ABET Accreditation Lifelong Learning Rajeev Bansal Accreditation UConn
ABET Accreditation & Lifelong Learning Rajeev Bansal .
Accreditation • UConn EE and CMPE programs are accredited by ABET. • UConn Engr. Phys program is relatively small and has not been submitted for accreditation yet.
ABET 2000: Basic Philosophy • Institutions and Programs define objectives to meet the needs of their constituents • Emphasis on outcomes -- preparation for professional practice • Programs demonstrate how outcomes and educational objectives are being met: assessment
What are Program Educational Objectives? • Broad statements describing what our graduates should be doing 3 -5 years after graduation. • Our alumni will: • make technical contributions to design, development, and manufacturing in their practice of EE/computer engineering. • Advance in their professional career. • engage in professional development or post-graduate education to pursue flexible career paths amid future technological changes.
EE/Comp. E Program Constituents · Undergraduate students · Faculty · Alumni · Employers of Program Graduates
Student Outcomes: ABET (a)-(k) Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have: a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering appropriate to the discipline b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
Student Outcomes: ABET (a)-(k) (continued) d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility g. An ability to communicate effectively
Student Outcomes: ABET (a)-(k) (continued) h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a societal context i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning j. A knowledge of contemporary issues k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tool necessary for engineering practice
Student Outcomes & Assessment • Demonstrate that graduates have achieved desired outcomes • Assess the level of outcome achievement • Apply results to continuous improvement of program
Assessment Methods (EE/Comp. E Program) Direct: ü Senior Design Project Evaluation ü ABET Quiz (CSE/ECE 4901) ü Assessment in ECE 2001 W and ECE 3201 Indirect: ü Alumni Survey data ü IAB feedback ü Senior Exit Interview data ü EBI Survey data ü Course Assessment data
Lifelong Learning “In the new economy, you graduate and you’re set for fifteen minutes. Working and learning are fast becoming the same activity. ” Don Tapscott, The Digital Economy. Source: l 3 d. cs. colorado. edu/ philosophy. html
Something to think about “The illiterate person of [the future] will not be the person who has not learned how to read, but rather the person who has not learned how to learn. ” Soc. of Manufacturing Eng.
Lifelong Learning is not a new fad. The first issue (1922) of Reader’s Digest led with an article on the importance of continuing to learn throughout one’s life. Author: Alexander Graham Bell
Half-life of Knowledge • 7. 5 years (ME) • 5 years (EE) • 2. 5 years (CMPE) (an expert estimate from the 1980 s cited by Ernest T. Smerdon, Lifelong Learning for Engineers: Riding the Whirlwind)
Approaches to Lifelong Learning • • In-house training/seminars Conferences & Workshops Short Courses Part-time graduate courses Graduate School Professional School Self-directed learning
In-House Training/Seminars • Common at large companies • Almost always free • Done on company-time
Conferences & Workshops • • • Join IEEE today! Local Chapter Meetings Regional Conferences National Conferences Workshops Trade Shows
Short Courses • • Offered by universities (e. g. , UCLA, Georgia. Tech) Offered by commercial organizations
Part-time graduate courses • • Evening classes EE/Comp. E Related fields (e. g. , Materials Science) Professional (e. g. , MBA)
Graduate School • • MS-without a thesis MS-with a thesis MENG Ph. D (research, academic positions)
Professional School Ø Management (MBA) Ø Patent Law (JD)
Self-Directed Learning • • Trade journals Handbooks Videos/DVDs On-line resources
Lifelong Learning: The fun never stops!