The Department of Chemical Engineering exists to provide strong and unique support of Brigham Young University's mission to "assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life" (BYU Mission Statement). This is to be done through an educational experience that is "spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, thus fitting students with the skills and desire for lifelong learning and service." (BYU Aims Document). In accordance with the expectations of the Accrediation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Northwest Accreditation Committee (NWAC), the department has developed a set of Student/Learning Outcomes which the program is prepares graduates to achieve.
Information on the Student/Learning Outcomes can be found here.
Student/Learning Outcomes which we would like our students to possess when they leave the university and enter the workforce are subdivided into competencies. To ensure that students acheive these compentencies, and to continually identify areas for improvement, the department assesses student performance in each competency every semester. This is done using direct methods by the faculty and indirect methods by the students. The data collected every semester is discussed in the department undergraduate committee and recommendations for improvements are given to each instructor. To "close-the-loop" and ensure improvements are being made, instructors are required to explain in writing how they addressed the recommendations given by the committee the next time the course is taught.
The files below are the summaries of the assessments of the competencies done in each course. These data are used by the undergraduate committee to make changes to the cirriculum.
The files below are the recommendations given by the undergraduate committee based upon the course-level assessment done each semester.
Closing the Loop
The assessment process has resulted in continual improvement in acheiving the Program/Learning outomes in the department of Chemcial Engineering. The file below is a summary of these improvements from the F05 semester to the present.