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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


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.

Michigan state university preparation for ec 2000

Determine educational


Determine Outcomes

Required to Achieve


Determine How

Outcomes will be



Determine How

Outcomes will be


Input from


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











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: