Accreditation and Assessment

To ensure our computer engineering students are prepared for future success in their careers, the department follows a formal procedure in the development of curriculum and the assessment of the program. 

With the help of our constituents, we identify career objectives a computer engineer should be able to meet within a few years after graduation. We periodically survey our alumni and their employers to find out how well these objectives are being met. We also survey and assess students throughout the duration of the BS program to determine if they are acquiring the skills and knowledge they will need to achieve the defined career objectives. The program is outcomes based—based on what our students know and can do, not based on what is covered in class—and devoted to continuous improvement.

Accreditation

The BS degree in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.  ABET is a federation of 35 professional engineering and technical societies. Since 1932, ABET has provided quality assurance of education through accreditation. ABET accredits more than 3,500 engineering, engineering technology, computing, and applied science programs at over 700 colleges and universities in 29 countries.  ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

With an ABET-accredited BS degree, graduates will have enhanced career opportunities.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has developed formal procedures for self-evaluation and continuous improvement designed to sustain a computer engineering education of increasing high quality and meet the accreditation requirements of ABET. Key components of this program include:

  • Definition of the constituents served by the computer engineering program
  • Establishment of program educational objectives with our constituents
  • Establishment of student outcomes, in conjunction with ABET
  • An ongoing program of assessment that measures the degree to which the program educational objectives and student outcomes are being met
  • An ongoing program of evaluation to improve the computer engineering program in response to feedback from the assessment process

Constituents

The constituencies of the computer engineering program include:

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program's constituencies.

Our graduates will attain the skills to

  • work productively as Computer Engineers, including supportive and leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams,
  • communicate effectively, recognize and incorporate societal needs and constraints in their professional endeavors, and practice their profession with high regard to legal and ethical responsibilities,
  • engage in life-long learning, such as graduate study, to remain current in their profession and be leaders in our technological society

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, probability & statistics, computer science, and engineering as it applies to the fields of computer software and hardware,

b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to organize, analyze, and interpret data,

c. an ability to design and construct a hardware and software system, component, or process to meet desired needs, within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health & safety, manufacturability, and sustainability,

d. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams,

e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve hardware and software problems using sound computer engineering principles,

f. an understanding of professional, legal, and ethical issues and responsibilities as it pertains to computer engineering,

g. an ability to effectively communicate technical information in speech, presentation, and in writing,

h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of computing in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,

i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning,

j. a knowledge of contemporary issues,

k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern hardware and software tools necessary for computer engineering practice

Assessment

Program educational objectives, which are developed with the assistance of a target group of employers and other constituents, are assessed through surveying of our alumni and their employers.

Evaluation and Continuous Improvement

In response to the feedback received from the assessment program, the department is engaged in an ongoing program of self-improvement. Recent examples of these activities include:

  • Revision of the Program Educational Objectives
  • Standardization of Student Outcomes
  • New Student Outcomes assessment process
  • Improved prerequisite checking and enforcement
  • Standardization of course syllabi and addition of course assessment matrix
  • Student computing laboratory rehabilitation
  • Formation of advisory panels
  • New Facebook group
  • New LinkedIn group
  • New Twitter account