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Michigan State University Preparation for EC 2000. Thomas F. Wolff, Ph.D., P.E. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies College of Engineering Michigan State University http://www.egr.msu.edu/~wolff with thanks to Dr. P. David Fisher Electrical & Computer Engineering. Presentation Outline.

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Michigan state university preparation for ec 2000

Michigan State UniversityPreparation for EC 2000

Thomas F. Wolff, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

College of Engineering

Michigan State University

http://www.egr.msu.edu/~wolff

with thanks toDr. P. David Fisher

Electrical & Computer Engineering


Presentation outline
Presentation Outline

  • What was MSU’s approach to EC2000 ?

    • Organizational Structure ?

    • Timeline?

    • Principal Activities and Accomplishments ?

  • What did we learn ?

    • About our program(s)?

    • About the EC2000 process?

  • What were the costs and benefits ?


Principal activities spring 1997 5 semesters
Principal Activities Spring 1997 (-5 Semesters)

  • Formed College Level Task Force

    • Membership (not curriculum committee)

    • Charge from the Dean

    • Timeline


Principal activities spring 1997 5 semesters1
Principal Activities Spring 1997 (-5 Semesters)

  • Outcomes for semester

    • Recommended we go for EC2000 in 1998

    • Developed a set of operating principles

    • Identified constituent groups

    • Recommended continuation of the Task Force and with a new mission


Operating principles
Operating Principles

  • Striving to develop and improve an academic program represents a continuous process.

  • An educational program objective is acceptable only if outcome measures exist to demonstrate progress toward, including achievement of, the objective.


Operating principles cont d
Operating Principles (Cont’d.)

  • The assessment of educational outcomes requires the involvement of the constituents.

  • Different assessment instruments may serve different purposes; however, the set of all assessment instruments must provide adequate coverage of the stated program educational objectives.


Operating principles cont d1
Operating Principles (Cont’d)

  • Assessment involves sampling various populations. The sizes of the samples and the sampling frequencies must be justified.

  • All surveys should be consistent with MSU’s policies related to research involving human subjects.


Operating principles cont d2
Operating Principles (Cont’d)

  • The cost of the ongoing assessment process must be budgeted, monitored and maintained at a reasonable level.


Determine educational

objectives

Determine Outcomes

Required to Achieve

Objectives

Determine How

Outcomes will be

Achieved

Evaluate/Assess

Determine How

Outcomes will be

Assessed

Input from

Constituencies

Formal Instruction

Student Activities

Establish Indicators

that Objectives are

Being Achieved

The Two Loops of EC2000


The constituents
The Constituents

  • Our Students

  • Our Alumni

  • Our Faculty and Academic Staff

  • The Employers of Our Students

  • Our Corporate Sponsors


Principal activities summer 1997 4 semesters
Principal Activities Summer 1997 (-4 Semesters)

  • College Level

    • Partitioned self-study tasks between the college and departments

    • Developed a model faculty curriculum vitae

    • Should have developed model course syllabi

    • Reviewed ABET’s evaluation process and criteria and evaluated each of our programs

    • Identified a college-level weakness (GE Fund)


Principal activities fall 1997 3 semesters
Principal ActivitiesFall 1997 (-3 Semesters)

  • Department Level

    • Faculty developed CVs (2-page limit)

    • Faculty should have developed course syllabi (2-page limit)

    • Faculty developed CQI lecture and laboratory analysis and plans documents (each course)

    • Faculty began to collect student work


Principal activities spring 1998 2 semesters
Principal Activities Spring 1998 (-2 Semesters)

  • College and department levels

    • College developed Appendix II draft

    • Departments developed Appendix I draft

    • Departments developed Parts A & B drafts

    • Faculty discussed program improvement plans

      There was a very significant amount of inter-departmental cooperation during the preparation of these self studies.


Principal activities summer 1998 1 semester
Principal Activities Summer 1998 (-1 Semester)

  • College and Department Levels

    • Appendices I & II completed—June 1

    • Parts A & B completed and integrated with appendices—June 15

    • College-level review and final edits—June 26

    • Diskettes and required support material submitted to ABET—July 1 (ABET’s deadline)

    • Bound hardcopies of all self studies produced and distributed—September 1


Abet 2000 in a nutshell

STUDENTS

CONSTITUENTS

PROGRAM

OBJECTIVES

ACADEMIC

PROGRAM

FACULTY

COMP

ASSESSMENT

GRADUATES

ABET 2000 in a Nutshell


Cost of going to ec2000
Cost of Going to EC2000

  • People Resources (over and above normal prep)

    • 1/4 FTE for each academic program (2 years)

    • 1/4 FTE to provide overall college coordination (2 years)

    • Burden shifts from administrators to the faculty

  • Size of the self-study report (EE Program)

    • Volume I—210 pp. (1992) & 57 pp. (1998)

    • Volume II —257 pp. (1992) & 212 pp. (1998)

    • EC2000Support Volume: 262 pp. (1998)


Long term benefits
Long-Term Benefits

  • Course Learning Objectives put in place

    • Improves student advising process

    • Improves course consistency from term to term

    • Improves interfaces among courses

  • Formal Feedback Mechanisms put in place

    • Improves partnering with employers

    • Improves alumni-institution relationship

    • Improves student learning (the bottom line)


What s next we need to
What’s Next? We Need to...

  • Follow through on the major findings and recommendations:

    • College level

    • Department level

  • Implement and refine the feedback paths and interactions with our constituent groups:


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