Scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that has never been.
– Theodore von Karman (1881 - 1963)
We conduct continuous and comprehensive assessment of our programs to:
- create opportunities for the academic community to carefully consider learning objectives and create learning goals that align with overall campus priorities, industry needs, and societal objectives,
- measure and enhance student learning,
- provide students with information about the knowledge, skills, and abilities they can expect to develop through successful completion of coursework and academic programs, and
- ensure accountability and provide evidence of student achievement to accreditation bodies, legislators, and other stakeholders.
Regular Academic Program Reviews are conducted for all CSU, Chico academic programs, including those offered by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC). Campus level assessment is coordinated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) through the Office of the Vice Provost of Planning, Resource Allocation, and Evaluation. Online program portfolios for each of the ECC programs are maintained by the VPAA and can be accessed here.
In addition to the campus-level assessment that is conducted for each of the eleven (11) ECC degree programs, additional assessment activities are conducted for the nine (9) ECC programs that are accredited by national accreditation bodies, including the following:
|Accrediting Body||Accredited Programs|
|Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)||Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering|
|American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)||Construction Management|
|Association of Technology Management and applied Engineering (ATMAE)||Sustainable Manufacturing|
The assessment process includes development of educational objectives and desired student learning outcomes, collection of student data and work samples, preparation of detailed assessment documents, evaluations by external reviewers, and a feedback loop that produces continuous improvement.
Current annual student enrollment and graduation data per program is provided in Tables 1 and 2 below.
Table 1. Annual Student Enrollment By Program (Fall Semesters)
|Fall 2010||Fall 2011||Fall 2012||Fall 2013||Fall 2014|
|Applied Computer Graphics (Computer Animation and Game Development)||162||158||177||186||204|
|Computer Information Systems||58||64||80||79||91|
|Concrete Industry Management||49||42||44||48||48|
Table 2. Annual Graduation Data (degrees conferred by program) by Academic Year.
|Applied Computer Science (Computer Animation and Game Development)||38||46||38||37|
|Computer Information Systems||6||8||7||17|
|Concrete Industry Management||13||12||9||13|
For additional information on College of ECC program assessment practices, please contact the Dean's Office 530-898-5963