On Instruments for Closing the Loop for ABET Accreditation
2009 GSW Proceedings
One of the important Criteria in obtaining accreditation from ABET is to show the high quality performance of the graduates of a program. Instructors directly involved in the accreditation process are to produce enough evidences supporting the high standard of the student performance in an effort to display the strength of the program. The target is to show the mechanism of closing the loop for continuous improvement. More specifically the program's responsibility is to demonstrate how its
... cized objectives are fulfilled. Demonstration of the performance of the continuing students is one of the assessments. This is done via traditional tests, quizzes, homework and projects. Alumni, employers, intern/coop supervisors, graduate student supervisors, industrial advisory board members are some of the sources who can prudently make assessment on the performance of an educational program. Gathering opinions from these external sources sometimes becomes very difficult often jeopardizing the accreditation of a program from ABET. Lengthy questionnaire (survey instrument), which often includes less or unrelated questions, may make the respondents reluctant to respond at all. The basis of designing a questionnaire is to gather specific information to assess certain objectives. To assess the program objectives, a set of precise instruments (questionnaires) were developed to obtain feedback information from internal and external constituents of the program. Various elements were considered in designing the instruments. One major focus was to make sure which minimum information is needed to fulfill the objectives of the program assessment. The other major focus was to increase the chance of getting response from the external bodies. This paper discusses the creation of the instruments, gathering opinions and analysis of the opinions in closing the loop in the process of continuous improvement.