Electrical Engineering Assessment Plan

Assessment Actions to be Coordinated at the College Level:

I. Student Evaluations (end-of-course evaluation form; a copy of the form is provided in Appendix E)

The CEAS student evaluation form is administered in each course section each semester. The averages of all questions are computed. Each instructor is provided with evaluation form data summaries, and the original evaluation forms are made available for instructor review. Instructors are responsible for the careful consideration of student evaluations. Poor performance as judged by the student evaluations will be addressed by the Associate Dean. Curricular modifications arising from student comments will be documented.

II. Program Evaluation by Graduating Seniors (Senior Exit Survey; a copy of the survey is provided in Appendix E)

All graduating seniors are asked to assess the program in their discipline, and CEAS overall, with regard to various factors pertaining to the quality of their experience at UWM. CEAS administration and designated faculty are responsible for carefully reviewing these evaluations, and for bringing potential action areas to the appropriate faculty groups for consideration. Results of this assessment activity are kept in the Dean’s office and by the assessment coordinator. Senior exit surveys are geared principally towards assessing Program Outcomes.

Assessment Actions coordinated at the Department level:

I. Evaluation by Departmental Industrial Advisory Councils (minutes of IAC meetings are provided in Appendix E).
The Departmental Industrial Advisory Council periodically meet (at least once each semester) to discuss assessment results, aid in revising PEOs and POs, and attend to other curricular matters. Meeting minutes serve as written comments providing input to the department. Results of this assessment activity are kept by the assessment coordinator.
II. Construction of an Assessment Matrix
The department constructs and maintains an assessment matrix of departmental courses and college courses taken by majors versus stated departmental outcomes. The matrix reflects which outcomes are satisfied by each course, and is posted on departmental assessment web pages. Departmental faculty will address curricular deficiencies indicated by the assessment matrix. The assessment matrix is shown in later part of this section of the Self-Study report.
III. Juried Evaluation of Capstone Design Courses (Capstone Survey; a copy of the survey is provided in Appendix E).
The department evaluates projects in the capstone design course using both the course instructor and knowledgeable individuals not directly involved in the course. Periodic reviews of the course are made to insure that the course is satisfying the stated course objectives. Results of this assessment activity are kept by the assessment coordinator.

V. Meeting with Current Students
Departmental representatives meet with students (typically during a scheduled class period of EAS 200, or at an IEEE Student Branch meeting) to get feedback on strengths and weaknesses of the program.

A flowchart of the Electrical Engineering assessment process is given on the next page, followed by a summary of assessment activities, and frequency.

Electrical Engineering Assessment Flowchart


Assessment Frequency Responsible Party
End-of-course student evaluations 1 per semester course instructor
Senior exit survey 1 per semester assessment coordinator/Assoc. Dean
Alumni survey Every three years Assoc. Dean
IAC report Minutes from every meeting (1-2 per semester) assessment coordinator
Meeting with current students 1-2 per semester Department Chair
Evaluate metrics and collect metric data, summarize individual assessments and consider curricular changes Continuous as far as possible assessment coordinator
Review/revise Program Outcomes Once every four years Spring 2001, 2005, 2009,… assessment coordinator
Review Program Objectives Once every four years Spring 2001, 2005, 2009,… assessment coordinator