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Office of Assessment and Continuous Improvement

 

Assessment is an integral part of any high-quality educational program.  Assessment is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, a critical evaluation of the student’s learning progress.  This process, when performed critically and with the feedback from the appropriate constituents (e.g., students, faculty, alumni, advisory boards, etc.), should lead towards the continuous improvement of the institution.

The College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez performs assessment at various levels.  The first level of assessment is at an institutional level, where the University of Puerto Rico is evaluated by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Higher Education (MSA-CHE) (http://www.msche.org). The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez has been accredited by MSA-CHE since 1946.  The second level of assessment is performed at the program-level, where programs offer bachelor in science (BS) degrees in various Engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical).  The accreditation of the Engineering programs at the BS level is performed by ABET.  Although ABET does not formally uses its original name, ABET is an acronym from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (http://www.abet.org).  The Engineering programs of the College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez have been accredited by ABET since 1960.

The assessment culture of the College of Engineering is based on making data-driven-decisions and critically analyze whether the educational processes are conducted at their optimal level with a continuous improvement approach.