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Program Assessment


A significant amount of attention has been given to outcomes assessment.  In Civil and Environmental Engineering, the major objective is to evaluate the graduates with respect to several well-defined factors.

  • Has the program prepared students for career success?
  • Has this civil engineering education produced measurable improvements in capabilities?
  • Has the program delivered what it has claimed?

 

The Civil and Environmental Engineering program is required to examine outcomes assessment and enact the policies and procedures that fit that mold.  After examination by the United States Department of Education, the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation (COPA) mandated that accrediting agencies should utilize this concept in evaluating their programs.  Consequently, the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), among others, implemented requirements that accredited program utilize outcomes assessment methods.  The regional accrediting organizations for universities and other schools utilize it as well.  A sourcebook was developed to introduce the outcomes assessment model for all programs.

As we continue to improve the assessment process, the College of Engineering and Computer Science has now adopted LiveText as the assessment management tool.  In the Spring 2010 semester, an assessment committee was established to plan and enhance the assessment system for the college.

 

Outcomes Assessment Model

In 1999, the Dean of the College of Engineering (COE) assembled a committee and named a college-wide assessment coordinator to chair the committee.  This committee was charged with the task of establishing a comprehensive outcomes assessment program for the COE.  The College presented the preliminary findings of the assessment committee's work to the Engineering Council of Visitors (ECOV) in the Spring of 2001.  The proposal presented by the committee was reviewed and subsequently approved by the ECOV.  Each program in the COE adopted and proposed an overall outcomes assessment approach - tailored to their Program's mission.

 

Constituents

The constituencies of the civil and environmental engineering program are significant in the development and revision of the program educational objectives and program outcomes.  These stakeholders provide periodic input that is used to assess the achievement levels of the PEOs and the POs.

These stakeholders include

  • Students - students currently enrolled in Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty - faculty and instructors in Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Alumni - graduates of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Advisory Committee - members of the Council of Visitors that represent and advise Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Employers - entities that hire our Civil & Environmental Engineering graduates, including graduate schools and advisors that provide post-Bachelors education, training, and certification
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science - the academic unit with direct management and oversight responsibility for Civil & Environmental Engineering and to ensure adequacy and consistency across engineering divisions
  • Southern University - the governing body that is the university - essential to ensure consistency, legitimacy, and responsibility to its mission
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana - multiple stakeholders that contribute to and depend upon the successful of our program and graduates to support, build, and progress the community, city, parish, and region
  • The State of Louisiana - The LA Board of Regents and others recognize that the future of a strong, proud, and progressive Louisiana rest with the fate and successes of our Civil & Environmental Engineering graduates

The Program's offerings are evaluated in consultation with the appropriate constituencies and also by the Advisory Board.  The results and findings of the assessment program are used to develop remedial measures where necessary, and to continuously improve the program.