The Ec2000 System In Chemical Engineering At Washington State University
2002 Annual Conference Proceedings
In October, 1995 the Chemical Engineering Department at Washington State University had its regularly scheduled ABET visit. After that visit it was apparent that the next ABET general review would be conducted using EC2000. Given that we would have six years to implement and work with this new procedure the faculty in the Chemical Engineering Department decided to start the process immediately so that we could demonstrate full implementation of a EC2000 compatible program by the time of our
... the time of our next general review. A. The Initial Stages As with many departments our first difficulty lay in trying to decide what to do. We knew, or at least felt, that what we were currently doing resulted in a strong program. But how do you demonstrate this to an ABET visitor? As with many in this situation we started by trying to decide what our mission, objectives and outcomes were going to be. This resulted in many lengthy faculty meetings involving debates on the meanings of words and phrases, interpretations of the same, what items could be inferred in our statements, what need to be explicitly stated, and so on. After almost a year of this activity we were further along than when we had started but we still were not making the progress that we wanted. chair writes up the comments that have been received (insuring anonymity) and distributes these to the faculty. e. Focus Group In addition to the exit interview, student input is also sought through a focus group discussion held early in the Spring Semester. This activity was developed by a college level assessment committee that contracted with a faculty member from the Marketing Department at Washington State University, whose specialty is polling, to conduct the group discussions. This meeting has now been conducted three years in a row and so, like the exit interview, has become an anticipated event in the student's senior year. Offering free pizza also helps encourage attendance with usually 80% or more of the people invited actually attending these sessions.