Assessing Outcomes Using Program Assessment Portfolio Approach

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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice

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DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)1052-3928(2004)130:4(246)


The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology has developed and implemented new criteria for accrediting engineering technology programs in the United States. The new criteria, Technology Criteria 2000 (TC2K), have changed the way that engineering technology programs conduct their business. In order to survive in the future, each program has to develop a strategy to meet the new requirements specified in the TC2K. The Department of Engineering Technology at Texas Tech University has developed a program assessment portfolio (PAP) to assess the department performance toward the attainment of TC2K Criterion 1. This paper presents 12 assessment methods within the PAP. Particularly, it demonstrates how to develop and implement one of the assessment methods, pre- and postcourse assessment, to a senior-level course. Data collected from the implementation has been analyzed and results indicate that pre- and postcourse assessment provide valuable information regarding student learning. Furthermore, the information can be used to continue improving effectiveness of teaching.


Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Vol. 130, No. 4 (October 2004): 246-254. DOI.

Yong Bai was affiliated with University of Kansas at the time of publication.