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Supervisor Questionnaire to Assess Program Effectiveness

Scope: Program: Mechanical Engineering, CIT
Assessment Tool: Supervisor Questionnaire to Assess Program Effectiveness

Motivation/Purpose:

What factors/data/circumstances initiated the action?

The university had no data on supervisors of our alumni, and one of ABET’s criteria for assessing success in meeting our program objectives is to examine the accomplishments of graduates 3 to 5 years after graduation.

Goal:

What do you hope to learn from the assessment?

The basic goal of the department to gather information on how effectively are we preparing students for the professional responsibilities they face after graduation.

Methods/Tools:

How was the data collected?

A short survey was designed to solicit the opinions of persons who work directly with our graduates, as work supervisors or graduate advisors.

Implementation:

How was the assessment activity carried out?

Participants

The department mailed a cover letter and survey to each alumni who graduated between 2000 – 2002. The cover letter explained the purpose of the survey and asked the students to give the survey to their current supervisor, who was to mail the survey back to the department.

When was/will the data be collected?

The first survey was distributed in spring, 2005 and returned for analysis in the summer of 2005.

What is the current status?

The first completed surveys were returned to the Department Head’s office in 2005.  We intend to conduct this survey every 3 years, capturing graduates in 3- year cohorts.

What was the data, how was it analyzed/interpreted?

Results from the survey were tabulated and summarized.

Impact/Results:

How is the data being used?

The data are used to gauge the effectiveness of our program and contribute to discussions of curriculum revision.

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