Civil Engineering Program Assessment Plan

The Civil Engineering program assessment activities fully encompass and extend the CEAS Assessment Action Plan. The College implements some of the elements of the Assessment Action Plan and the program implements other elements.

I. FE examination

Results of the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (Civil) taken by students currently enrolled in school are used to assess several program outcomes. The set standard is that UWM students score at or above the national average. The standard is analyzed using a scaled score calculated based on the number of questions per subject, the percentage of UWM correct answers, the national percentage of correct answers and the national standard deviation.

II. Grades in math and science courses

Grades in math and science courses are used to assess Outcome i. The set of math and science courses includes Physics 209-210, Chem 105 (or 102-104), Math 233, and Elec Eng 234.

III. Program Evaluation by Graduating Seniors

All graduating seniors are asked to assess the program in their discipline, and CEAS overall, with regard to various factors pertaining to the quality of their experience at UWM. CEAS administration and designated faculty are responsible for carefully reviewing these evaluations and for bringing potential action areas to the appropriate faculty groups for consideration. Results of this assessment activity are kept in the Dean's office.

IV. Grades in engineering science courses

Grades in engineering science courses are used to assess Outcome ii. The set of engineering science includes Mech Eng 301,320, Elec Eng306; Matl Eng 201; Ind Eng 112, 360.

V. Program Evaluation by 2-Year and 5-Year Alumni

A brief, carefully designed questionnaire is mailed to all such alumni (or a statistically meaningful sub-group) to obtain opinions concerning the education they received at UWM. Personal interviews with alumni may be considered instead of, or in addition to, mailed questionnaires. CEAS administration and designated faculty are responsible for carefully reviewing these evaluations, and for bringing potential action areas to the appropriate faculty groups for consideration. Results of this assessment activity are kept in the Dean's office and by the assessment coordinator. Alumni surveys are geared towards assessing both Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes.

VI. Juried Evaluation of Capstone Design Courses (Capstone Survey).

The department evaluates projects in the capstone design course using both the course instructor and knowledgeable individuals not directly involved in the course. Periodic reviews of the course are made to insure that the course is satisfying the stated course objectives. The assessment coordinator keeps results of this assessment activity.

VII. Grades in civil engineering required courses

Grades in civil engineering required courses are used to assess Outcome vi. The set of engineering science includes Civ Eng 250, 335, 372, 411, 413 and 490.

VIII. Evaluation of Program Outcomes by Employers

Co-op supervisors are surveyed on the competencies of the students relating to the program objectives. Results of the survey are kept in the Dean’s office and are used to initiate appropriate actions to correct perceived deficiencies.