Electrical Engineering Assessment Plan

Assessment Actions to be Coordinated at the College Level:

I. Student Evaluations (end-of-course evaluation form)

The CEAS student evaluation form will be administered in each course section each semester. The averages of all questions will be computed. Each instructor will be provided with evaluation form data summaries, and the original evaluation forms will be made available for instructor review. Instructors are responsible for the careful consideration of student evaluations. Poor performance as judged by the student evaluations will be addressed by the Associate Dean. Curricular modifications arising from student comments will be documented.

II. Program Evaluation by Graduating Seniors (Senior Exit Survey)

All graduating seniors will be 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 will be responsible for carefully reviewing these evaluations, and for bringing potential action areas to the appropriate faculty groups for consideration. Results of this assessment activity will be kept in the Dean's office and by the assessment coordinator. Senior exit surveys are geared principally towards assessing Program Outcomes.

III. Program Evaluation by 3-Year Alumni (Alumni Survey)

A brief, carefully designed questionnaire will be 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 will be responsible for carefully reviewing these evaluations, and for bringing potential action areas to the appropriate faculty groups for consideration. Results of this assessment activity will be kept in the Dean's office and by the assessment coordinator. Alumni surveys are geared principally towards assessing Program Educational Objectives.

IV. Evaluation of Graduates by Employers (Employer Survey and Coop Survey)

Employers of electrical engineering graduates will be sent a survey to assess Program Educational Objectives and Outcomes. Specific input will be sought on performance of graduates and/or coop students, and the quality of the curriculum in terms of employers’ needs. Department faculty will discuss results of this assessment activity, and action taken where needed. Results will be kept in the Dean's office and by the assessment coordinator.

Assessment Actions to be Coordinated at the Department Level:

I. Evaluation by Departmental Industrial Advisory Councils.

The Departmental Industrial Advisory Council will periodically meet (at least once each semester) to discuss assessment results, aid in revising PEOs and POs, and attend to other curricular matters. Meeting minutes will serve as written comments providing input to the department. Results of this assessment activity will be kept by the assessment coordinator.

II. Construction of an Assessment Matrix

The department will construct and maintain an assessment matrix of departmental courses and college courses taken by majors versus stated departmental outcomes. The matrix will reflect which outcomes are satisfied by each course, and will be posted on departmental assessment web pages. Departmental faculty will address curricular deficiencies indicated by the assessment matrix.

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

The department will evaluate 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 will be made to insure that the course is satisfying the stated course objectives. Results of this assessment activity will be kept by the assessment coordinator.

IV. Meeting with Current Students

Departmental representatives will meet with students (typically during a scheduled class period of EAS 200, or at an IEEE Student Branch meeting) to get feedback on strengths and weaknesses of the program.

A flowchart of the Electrical Engineering assessment process is given on the next page, followed by a summary of assessment activities, and frequency.

Electrical Engineering Assessment Flowchart

Assessments

Assessment

Frequency

Responsible Party

End-of-course student evaluations

1 per semester

course instructor

Senior exit survey

1 per semester

assessment coordinator/Assoc. Dean

Alumni survey

Every three years

Assoc. Dean

Employer survey

Every three years

Assoc. Dean

IAC report

Minutes from every meeting (1-2 per semester)

assessment coordinator

Meeting with current students

1-2 per semester

assessment coordinator

Evaluate metrics and collect metric data, summarize individual assessments and consider curricular changes

Continuous as far as possible

assessment coordinator

Review/revise Program Outcomes

Once every four years Spring 2001, 2005, 2009,…

assessment coordinator

Review Program Objectives

Once every four years Spring 2001, 2005, 2009,…

assessment coordinator