Program educational objectives are consistent with the mission of Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), the College of ETCS and the need of programs’ constituents. The program educational objectives describe the expected skills, knowledge, and abilities that a graduate should achieve during the initial years following graduation. These program educational objectives were developed, and are annually evaluated, with the IPFW Strategic Objectives/Goals and the need of the programs’ constituents being kept in mind. Educational objectives are closely related to the Student Outcomes.
Student Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These are related to the skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program.
ETAC/ABET assessment criteria are based on the principles of total quality management and continuous improvement. This assessment/accreditation process requires that each program’s mission be consistent with the institutional mission. The mission must be translated into specific program educational objectives and student outcomes that are expected as a result of the educational process. The student outcomes should be measurable and both objectives and outcomes must be assessed regularly. The results of outcomes assessment is used as feedback to make program improvements. Finally, a quality assurance and management process is in place to achieve success.