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									                                   Pittsburg State University

              Academic Department Assessment Program
                                                    Annual Report


Date:                January 23, 2003
Department:          Technology Studies
Program:             Electrical Technology (AAS or Certificate)

     1.        Mission Statement for Automotive Technology:
              The mission of Pittsburg State University’s Electrical Technology program is
          to prepare individual to works as residential electricians, commercial electricians
          and industrial electricians. This program uses appropriate instructional
          strategies to provide quality educational classroom, laboratory, and internship
          field experiences relevant to the future electrician’s career goals.


     1.        Curricular Goals and Objectives:

               The goals of Electrical Technology(ET) are to produce graduates who:
               Goal 1. Have demonstrated understanding of general and technical
               knowledge required of electricians in either the residential, commercial, or
               industrial setting.
               Objective 1.1: Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of
                              electrical systems and related technical information

               Objective 1.2: Students will demonstrate understanding of related
                              information associated with equipment used to service
                              electrical systems.

               Objective 1.3: Students will demonstrate knowledge of software programs
                              associated with working with electrical systems (e.g. work
                              with software for programming PLCs or monitoring electrical
                              systems)




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               Goal 2. Have demonstrated the technical skills and higher level thinking
               skills required of electricians in either the residential, commercial, or
               industrial setting.


               Objective 2.1: Students will demonstrate the skills and safe use of tools and
                              equipment associated with residential, commercial, or
                              industrial electrical work.

               Objective 2.2: Students will demonstrate competence in thinking skills–
                              thinking creatively, decision making, problem solving,
                              troubleshooting and diagnosing, and reasoning.

               Goal 3. Have developed to a satisfactory level of ability to productively use
               resources, information, interpersonal skills, communication skills and
               personal qualities as identified in the SCANS Report, to be successful in the
               automotive service industry
               Objective 3.1: Students will productively use resources–allocating time,
                              money, and materials in the electrical service environment.
               .
               Objective 3.2: Students will acquire and evaluate data; organize, interpret,
                              and communicate information; and use computer to process
                              information.

               Objective 3.3: Students will demonstrate appropriate written and oral
                              communication skills.

               Objective 3.4: Students will demonstrate competence in personal qualities–
                              individual responsibility, self-management, work ethic and
                              integrity.

               Goal 4. Have been provided opportunity to engage in a continuous process of
               assessment of advisement, instruction in the program, and student outcomes
               with the purpose of improving student learning in Electrical Technology.
               Objective 4.1: Students will assess quality of advisement using the on-line
                              advisement survey and through the informal exit interview
                              process.

               Objective 4.2: Students will access the overall quality of a specific course
                              and instruction using the “SPTE” instrument.




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     2.        Assessment Techniques (attach all instruments if appropriate)

                                                        Assessment Techniques
Goals
            Portfolio    Compt’cy           Exit         Advisory    Student   Internship       Exit      Accredi-       Student
                          Profile       Exam/Field       Council     Survey    Evaluation/   Interview/    tations/      Compe-
                                          Test or                               Employer      Alumni      Industry        titions,
                                        Certification                            Survey/       Survey     Recogniti        Con-
                                           Tests                               Placement                     ons         ferences

Goal 1                                       X              X          X           X            X            X
Goal 2                                       X              X          X           X            X            X
Goal 3                                       X              X          X           X            X            X
Goal 4                                       X              X          X           X            X            X

Goals                    Specific Examples/Descriptions of Assessment Components
                 State Journeyman electrical            Electrical    SPTE     Surveys of       Exit       Program
Goal 1
                     Certification Exam                   Tech         for     internship    interview    meets State
                                                        Advisory     student   experience    Follow-up        and
Goal 2        Students take exams given by the           Council      input                                National
             state. This certification is necessary                   as to                                Electrical
                       for employment                                quality   Follow-up                  Certificatio
Goal 3
                                                                        of     surveys of                 n Training
                                                                     course.     intern                   Standards.
Goal 4                                                                         sponsors/
                                                                               employers                   Recogn’d
                                                                                                          as leading
                                                                                                          program in
                                                                                                            4-state
                                                                                                            region

                                                                                                          Industrial
                                                                                                           support




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                   3.        Assessment Results by Technique

      Assessment                            Description                                              Results or Comments
      Techniques
1. Undergraduate                State Journeyman Electrical                 E.T students take certification exam given by the State. This
Assessment Instrument           Certification Exam                          certification is required for employment.




2. Student Satisfaction         Each faculty member administers             Positive outcome. The results obtained from the instrument have
Survey                          SPTE instrument in each class               been overall positive, with a high degree of satisfaction noted by
                                taught. Students’ comments                  nearly all students.
                                speak to satisfaction of courses
                                and instructors, but not overall
                                program.


3. Internships/ Employer        To various segments of the
                                                                            Employers very satisfied with quality of interns. Approximately 22-
Satisfaction Survey             Electrical Industry
                                                                            24 interns per summer. All have successfully completed internships
                                                                            to satisfaction of their sponsors.


                                                                            Very satisfied with graduates. Desperately need more skilled
                                                                            technicians.


4. Advisory Council             Electrical Technology Advisory              Council very satisfied with quality of graduates. Industry
Input                           Council.                                    desperately needs more skilled technicians.

                                                                            Council continues to provide input for future directions of program.


5. Placement of                 Placement Record                            Near 100% placement of graduates for last 25 years.
Graduates




6. Accreditation/               Block & Associates                          Program meets State and National Electrical Certification Training
Certification Reviews                                                       Standards.




7. Industrial support           Support from industry                       The ET program has received substantial support with over
                                                                            $100,000 in in-kind giving to support the Automated Controls Lab.
                                                                            Additionally industry has sponsored students and provided
                                                                            internships, and guaranteed employment upon graduation.

                                                                            Although this is not a formal measure of assessment, the industrial
                                                                            support does indicate great satisfaction with program.




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     4.        Curricular Changes Due to Assessment Results

               Undergraduate assessment instrument. Currently, students are required to
               complete State Journeyman Electrical Certification Exam
               Faculty will determine if changes need to be made based on the overall results
               of students’ performance on exams.


               Accreditation/Certification Reviews. Program meets State and National
               Electrical Certification Training Standards.
               Program is reviewed against standards each year and modifications are made
               in program to meet changing standards.


               Student satisfaction survey. Faculty received feedback about specific
               courses through the SPTE instrument.
               Feedback has been positive and no changes have been made as a result.


               Advisory council. This advisory council along with the State and National
               Electrical Certification Training Standards are real strengths to the program,
               in terms of driving curriculum change. Their input keeps the program on the
               cutting edge and is a major factor in its success. In addition to support in
               curriculum development, they also provide financial support in the form of in-
               kind gifts, and internships.
               The program reflects their input, which is why this program is considered to
               be the best or one of the Midwest. Examples of changes made as a direct
               result of advisory council input include major developments in the automated
               controls lab and acquisition of specific pieces of equipment for the program.


               Placement of graduates. The Electrical Technology graduates have enjoyed
               nearly 100% placement for several years. Currently, the Department of Labor
               forecast a 15% growth for the next 10 years, in the need for electricians,
               It should be noted that PSU is considered one of the top programs of its type.
               Employers regularly come back wanting to hire additional PSU Electrical
               Technology. Employers seek PSU graduates, and some companies sponsor
               their training. In terms of assessment, this is a good indicator of employer
               satisfaction.


               Internship experiences. Feedback from students as well as cooperating
               sponsors has been positive. Faculty members also gain industry experience
               and attend update seminars during the summer. Feedback from students,


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               faculty and internship sponsors is used to strengthen curriculum and
               educational experiences to better prepare PSU electrical graduates in new
               technologies.
               The program features required internships in electrical positions for an entire
               summer.
               Industrial Support. The ET program has received substantial support with
               over $100,000 in in-kind giving to support the Automated Controls Lab.
               Additionally industry has sponsored students and provided internships, and
               guaranteed employment upon graduation.
               The impact on curriculum includes expanding instruction over donated
               controllers and components. Faculty has attended specialized schools on the
               components and incorporated that instruction into the curriculum.
               Although this is not a formal measure of assessment, the industrial support
               does indicate great satisfaction with program.


     5.        Articles addressing assessment in Electrical Technology

               To reduce duplication of resources, selected articles/publications associated
               with assessment practices of the Department of Technology Studies are found
               in the appendices to the TST Assessment Report. (See articles in appendices
               to the TST Assessment Report and sample books, etc. in “Document Room”.)




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