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Northwest Accreditation Program Assessment

The Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering Education is offered through the Department of Engineering Education. An emphasis is placed on utilizing educational research methods and skills to investigate educational problems affecting engineering and the larger STEM community. This program produces doctoral students with proficiency in developing engineering education research skills and expertise in research into how those skills are best learned and taught Ph.D. in Engineering Education Graduate Program

Program graduates are expected to: 

  • Be proficient in the theory and practice of engineering education and are adept at these aspects within their specific areas of engineering specialization
  • Have the ability to conduct rigorous research in engineering education in five broad areas including engineering epistemologies, engineering learning mechanisms, engineering learning systems, engineering diversity and inclusiveness, and engineering assessment
  • Be competitive in developing high-quality proposals for educational research
  • Develop and compose scholarly articles for journal and conference publications
  • Have the ability to develop, implement, and assess engineering curricula at the P-12 and/or university levels

Organizational Structure

The organizational structure of the department is shown in the following chart:

Department organization

Engineering Education Graduate Program
Number of Graduate Students and Degrees Awarded

Engineering Education, Ph.D. 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Full-time Students 1 2 4 6 8 9 8 10 12
Part-time Students 0 0 0 2 3 3 2 2 2
Total 1 2 4 8 11 12 10 12 14
Number of Student Graduates 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 4  

1st Program Objective: To prepare students to be effective scientific contributors for engineering education research.

Competencies Method of Assessment Assessment Criteria Outcomes Data Data-based Decision
Students will become responsive researchers in an area of study, and develop substantial expertise in that area that allows them to make original contributions to it. All graduate work is graded Cumulative GPA >= 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 100% of graduates meet the assessment criteria Faculty mentors and graduate students will work together to make significant impact in the engineering education community
Students will be able to formulate research problems in such a way to make it clearly fit within the context of the literature in an area of study, and demonstrate the value of the solution to the research problem in advancing knowledge within that area. Oral and written (PhD) dissertation proposal defense presenting research topic Committee approval or dis-approval of dissertation proposal defense All students successfully complete their proposal defense (written and oral) Faculty mentors will help graduate students  become effective problem solvers
Students will be able to apply sound research methods and tools to problems in an area of study, and describe the methods and tools effectively. Students provide written and oral presentations of their research findings during final defense and in publications Committee approval or disapproval of dissertation defense and publications accepted and published in appropriate venue All students successfully complete their dissertation defense and publications have been accepted Faculty continue to work with graduate students to prepare students for conduct effective and rigorous research in engineering education
Students will be able to analyze and interpret research data. Students provide written and oral presentations of their research findings during defense and in publications At least on first author refereed publication Approval of dissertation and submitted of refereed publication Students can draw meaningful conclusions from their research

2nd Program Objective: To bridge research into practice by integrating research findings into teaching in engineering disciplines, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help:

Competencies Method of Assessment Assessment Criteria Outcomes Data Data-based Decision
Students identify and apply relevant theories and best practices for teaching a specific course. Observations of students classroom teaching using appropriate rubric after initial observations Observe students classroom teaching using rubric focusing on:
1) Organization
2) Instructional Strategies
3) Content Knowledge
4) Presentation Skills
5) Clarity
80% evaluation with the teaching rubric Faculty mentors work to enhance existing teaching evaluation rubric
Students demonstrate continuous teaching improvements. Observations of students classroom teaching using appropriate rubric Observe students classroom teaching using rubric focusing on:
1) Organization
2) Instructional Strategies
3) Content Knowledge
4) Presentation Skills
5) Clarity
90% evaluation with the teaching rubric Faculty mentors work to enhance existing teaching evaluation rubric

3rd Program Objective: To demonstrate the ability to plan course curriculum with organized units, lessons, and learning activities, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help:

Competencies Method of Assessment Assessment Criteria Outcomes Data Data-based Decision
Students identify and select relevant curriculum models to be used Oral and written assignment during program course work. All coursework is graded. cumulative GPA >= 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 100% of graduate meet the assessment criteria Students can make appropriate decisions on educational curricular models
Students identify appropriate learning goals and objectives Oral and written assignment during program course work. All coursework is graded. cumulative GPA >= 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 100% of graduate meet the assessment criteria Students can have clear understanding of teaching focus  
Students Identify and develop units, lessons, and learning activities Oral and written assignment during program course work. All coursework is graded. cumulative GPA >= 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 100% of graduate meet the assessment criteria Students can improve learning outcomes
Students develop assessment tasks Oral and written assignment during program course work. All coursework is graded. cumulative GPA >= 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 100% of graduate meet the assessment criteria Students can properly assess learning outcomes
Students develop strategies for continued course curriculum improvements Oral and written assignment during program course work. All coursework is graded. cumulative GPA >= 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 100% of graduate meet the assessment criteria Students continue to improve their teaching skills

4th Program Objective: To enable students to have a career as successful, responsible, and Ethical Professionals in industry, government, and academic institutions, the programs aim to provide a variety of experiences that help:

Competencies Method of Assessment Assessment Criteria Outcomes Data Data-based Decisions
Students achieve mastery in engineering education in general, knowledge and skills in specific research areas, and applying educational strategies to novel and emergent problems. All graded graduate work (i.e., coursework; qualifying exam, dissertation research) Cumulative GPA >= 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 100% of graduates met assessment Students can be effective engineering educators
Students broaden their professional foundation through activities such as teaching, internships, fellowships, and grant (including travel support) applications. Application submitted to any of the relevant activities Application accepted Award granted Students have diversified experience in engineering education
Students are aware and practice common professional and ethical standards for scientific research. Participate in professional organizations, becoming members and attending conferences/meetings Student must be a member of at least one premier engineering (or education) professional organization (e.g., ASEE, AERA, IEEE) and participate in conferences. Proof of membership and list of conference publications as indicated on relevant documents such as student's bio-sketch Students become responsible citizens in the engineering education community