Program Assessment

Overview

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.

Campus-level assessment

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.   

College-level assessment

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
Civil Engineering 365 340 330 325 345
Computer Engineering 79 76 90 94 122
Computer Information Systems 58 64 80 79 91
Computer Science 133 159 197 228 288
Concrete Industry Management 49 42 44 48 48
Construction Management 581 463 357 304 322
Electrical/Electronic Engineering 105 115 118 133 164
Mechanical Engineering 271 277 312 348 403
Mechatronic Engineering 127 120 142 170 219
Sustainable Manufacturing 54 57 78 95 96





Table 2. Annual Graduation Data (degrees conferred by program) by Academic Year.

2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
Applied Computer Science (Computer Animation and Game Development) 38 46 38 37
Civil Engineering 69 74 70 57
Computer Engineering 12 8 10 12
Computer Information Systems 6 8 7 17
Computer Science 16 17 17 24
Concrete Industry Management 13 12 9 13
Construction Management 125 152 119 73
Electrical/Electronic Engineering 17 24 15 16
Mechanical Engineering 38 60 42 50
Mechatronic Engineering 18 27 20 13
Sustainable Manufacturing 19 13 16 12

For additional information on College of ECC program assessment practices, please contact the Dean's Office 530-898-5963