Mechanical Engineering

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome Assessment Tools

The tools used for the outcome assessment in the Mechanical Engineering program and the source of information/feedback for each tool are shown in the following table. 

Table 1: List of Assessment Tools and Sources

Assessment toolSource of information/feedback
1. Individual Course Assessment ReportInstructor/Course Coordinator
2. Writing Portfolio ReportWSU Writing Program
3. Professional Skill AssessmentME406 (Senior Experimental Design)
4. Senior Exit Survey & InterviewME Curriculum Coordinator
5. Alumni SurveyME Curriculum Coordinator
6. Employer SurveyME Curriculum Coordinator
The correlation between the assessment tools used and the outcomes measured is presented in the following table

Table 2: Assessment Tools vs. Outcome Matrix

                                                                      Outcome measured
Assessment toolabcdefghijk
1. Instructors’ course outcome reportsXXXXXXXXXXX
2. Writing portfolioX
3. Professional Skill AssessmentXXXXX
4. Senior Exit Survey & InterviewXXXXXXXXXXX
5. Alumni SurveyXXXXXXXXXXX
6. Employer SurveyXXXXXXXXXXX

Mechanical Engineering Outcome Assessment

2013–2014 Academic Year

A student learning outcome is deemed achieved when a set attainment threshold is met or exceeded. In the establishment of such a threshold, the students who participate in the assessment process for each outcome are designated as the “assessed” students. In the Mechanical Engineering (ME) program, the attainment threshold for each outcome  is hence set at 75% of the assessed students attaining that outcome according to the ME program outcome assessment process. If the percentage of assessed students attaining an outcome either ranges between less than 75% and 60% or falls below 60%, then it is deemed that there is either a concern or a weakness in the attainment of that outcome. In the 2013-2014 academic year, all the ABET student learning outcomes were attained in the ME program, with all attainment levels exceeding the attainment threshold, as illustrated in the figure. In particular, all these outcomes were attained at a level exceeding 85% of assessed students achieving those outcomes, with 6 outcomes attained at a level exceeding 95%.