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A Novel Approach For Integrating The New Abet Student Outcomes (sos) and Early Impacts On Sos During The Covid-19 Pandemic
The Virginia Military Institute Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department’s Civil Engineering Program is ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited, most recently being reviewed in the fall of 2018. The accreditation process requires periodic assessment and evaluation of specific student outcomes (SOs). Beginning with the 2018-2019 accreditation cycle, ABET replaced the previously named SOs (commonly referred to as a listing of “a-k”) with a new list referred to as “1-7”. Concurrent with a change in our senior leadership, the CEE Department revisited their assessment and evaluation methodology to incorporate the changes in the listed ABET SOs. This effort included establishing accountable SO “Champions” from the faculty members and using a novel “Synchronization Matrix” to ensure reliable data could be collected across the CEE curriculum. Additionally, a Senior Exit Survey was created and distributed to the graduating class. This paper discusses how the new SO assessment methodology was developed and reports analysis of the survey results. Because this effort began during a pre-pandemic semester, this paper offers some early insight about the student perceptions of remote learning as well as direct and indirect assessments impacts on the SOs.