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EVEN Program Assessment

    The Environmental Engineering program conducts a variety of efforts to assess our program objectives, the curriculum used to achieve our objectives, and the various courses in our curriculum. The various tools and processes used to assess our program are:

  • College-wide Surveys

  • Advisory Board

  • FE Exam

  • Course Surveys

  • FCQs

College-wide Surveys

The College of Engineering coordinates the creation and dissemination of a variety of surveys to assess the EVEN program and other degrees at CU-Boulder. The results of these surveys are reviewed by the EVEN program to determine if changes in our objectives, curriculum, courses, or other activities should be made. The surveys conducted are:

  • Senior Survey to graduating seniors

  • Freshman Survey given to first-year students at the beginning of 2nd semester

  • Post graduate survey given to graduates about 6 months after graduation

  • Alumni Survey to former students

  • Employer Survey to companies that hire our students



  • The results of these surveys are reviewed by the program and feed course and curriculum changes as needed.
    Click on this link for a summary of the overall EVEN program assessment in 2007/2008.
    Click on this link for a summary of the overall EVEN program assessment in 2008/2009.
    Click on this link for a summary of the overall EVEN program assessment for 2009/2010.

    Advisory Board

    The EVEN program has an advisory board composed of Environmental Engineering professionals. The purpose of the board is to review our program to ensure that it meets the needs of industry, regulatory agencies, and others that employ our students. The board meets regularly and reviews assessment results, courses, etc. and makes recommendations for our program.

    FE exam

    All EVEN students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam before they graduate. Students must pass the FE exam as the first step toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). The 8-hour National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) exam is a nationwide exam. The morning tests various general topics that all engineers should know. In the afternoon there is an exam specific to Environmental Engineering (and other engineering majors). The performance of our students on this exam can indicate if there are changes in the curriculum and/or individual courses that should be made. From fall 2000 through fall 2009, 92% of all our students have passed the FE exam; the national pass rate on the enviornmental exam over the same time period was ~80%.
    Link to the NCEES FE exam website

    Course Surveys

    Various engineering courses administer surveys to determine student interest, evaluate course content, etc. These results help evaluate the program and may help other environmental engineering programs with course and/or curriculum development. The surveys are created by the course instructors or the program for specific purposes, and are only intermittently used. The results from these surveys have formed the basis for various presentations at engineering education conferences. Examples of published work includes:

    Bielefeldt, A. R. 2008. Presentation at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Cultural Competency Assessment.” (Paper 2008-2313). Environmental Division. June 23-25, Pittsburgh, PA.
    Bielefeldt, A. R. 2008. Presentation at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Incorporating Energy Issues into Environmental Engineering.” (Paper 2008-2289). Environmental Division. June 23-25, Pittsburgh, PA.
    Bielefeldt, A. R., B. Amadei, and R. Sandekian. 2008. Presentation at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Community Service Attitudes of Engineering Students Engaged in Service Learning Projects.” (Paper 2008-2430). International Division. June 23-25, Pittsburgh, PA.
    Bielefeldt, A.R. and K. High. 2007. Presentation and paper at the Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference. “Work in Progress: Assessing the Cultural Competency of Engineering Students.” Oct. 10-13.
    Bielefeldt, A.R. 2007. Poster and abstract at the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Biennial Conference – Interactions at the Interface: Making the Connections Between Environments, Disciplines and Nations. “Community Service Attitudes of First-Year Students and Senior Students Working on Service Learning Design Projects.” July 28 – August 1. Blacksburg, VA.
    Bielefeldt, A. R. 2007. Presentation at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Solid And Hazardous Waste Course Targeted To The Developing World.” (Paper 2007-812). Environmental Division. June 25-27, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Bielefeldt, A. R. 2007. Presentation at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Introduction to Environmental Engineering Course Aimed at Recruiting and Retaining Students.” (Paper 2007-805). Environmental Division. June 25-27, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Bielefeldt, A.R. 2007. Presentation and paper at the National Capstone Design Conference. “Environmental Engineering Service Learning Projects for Developing Communities.” (Paper 12183). June 10-12, University of Colorado – Boulder, CO.
    Bielefeldt, A.R. 2006. Presentation at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Undergraduate Research on Appropriate and Sustainable Technology.” Environmental Division. June 19-21, Chicago, IL.
    Bielefeldt, A.R. Presentation at the 2005 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Challenges and Rewards of On-Campus Projects in Capstone Design”. Division: Design in Engineering Education. Portland, OR. June. Full paper published in conference proceedings.
    Bielefeldt, A.R., R. Scott Summers, Bernard Amadei, Robyn Sandekian, Jay Shah, Margaret Pinnell, William Moeller. Presentation at the 2005 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Creating an Engineering for Developing Communities Emphasis in Environmental Engineering.” Division: Environmental Engineering. Portland, OR. June. Full paper published in conference proceedings.
    Bielefeldt, A.R. Presentation at the 2003 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference and Exposition. “Capstone Environmental Design Course Incorporating Sustainable Projects.” Nashville, TN. Full paper published in the conference proceedings.

     

    FCQs

    The University of Colorado administers Faculty, Course Questionnaires (FCQs) at the end of every course.
    Link to the FCQ data at CU

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