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 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Civil Engineering, BS 336 328 323 340 335
Computer Animation and Game Development
(fka Applied Computer Graphics), BS
153 170 181 203 236
Computer Engineering, BS 73 90 93 123 117
Computer Information Systems, BS 64 79 78 88 90
Computer Science, BS 153 192 226 286 308
Concrete Industry Management, BS 38 41 45 48 48
Construction Management, BS 460 356 302 318 383
Electrical/Electronic Engineering, BS 106 118 129 153 159
Mechanical Engineering, BS 273 308 339 394 391
Mechatronic Engineering, BS 115 140 167 215 216
Sustainable Manufacturing
(fka Manufacturing Technology), BS
57 76 93 95 84
Computer Science, MS 15 18 22 67 56
Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS 20 19 16 23 44

 

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

2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Civil Engineering, BS 70 77 71 66 62
Computer Animation and Game Development
(fka Applied Computer Graphics), BS
40 38 36 29 53
Computer Engineering, BS 11 9 10 7 10
Computer Information Systems, BS 8 8 5 19 16
Computer Science, BS 21 23 21 30 27
Concrete Industry Management, BS 10 11 9 12 16
Construction Management, BS 134 160 120 72 46
Electrical/Electronic Engineering, BS 14 24 9 17 22
Mechanical Engineering, BS 34 60 42 49 45
Mechatronic Engineering, BS 13 29 19 13 25
Sustainable Manufacturing
(fka Manufacturing Technology), BS
21 15 17 12 25
Computer Science, MS 16 17 9 11 11
Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS 12 12 13 11 7

For additional information on

  1. campus applicants, see http://ir.csuchico.edu/ERSDB_Reports/Applicants
  2. campus enrollment, see http://ir.csuchico.edu/ERSDB_Reports/Enrollments
  3. campus degrees and credentials, see http://ir.csuchico.edu/ERSDB_Reports/Degrees
  4. campus persistence and graduation rates, see http://ir.csuchico.edu/ERSDB_Reports/PersistenceAndGraduation

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