Continuous Program Improvement - ABET Accredited B.S. Program

Metallurgical Engineering SDSM&T Rapid City, SD


Program Outcome Assessment and Evaluation Process


Program Outcomes are those attributes that if possessed by program graduates at the time of their graduation should endow them with the skills needed to achieve the Program Educational Objectives of

        Successfully apply metallurgical engineering principles in their employment

        Meet societal needs through science and technology

        Grow professionally and personally

        Serve their profession and community


The Outcomes for the BS Metallurgical EngineeringProgram are as follows:

The student will be able to

a) Apply Knowledge of Math, Science, and Engineering

b)      Design and Conduct Experiments and Analyze and Interpret Data and Information

c)      Optimally Select Material and Design Materials Treatment and Production Processes

d)      Function Well on Teams

e)      Identify, Formulate, and Solve Engineering Problems

f)        Know Professional and Ethical Responsibilities and Practices

g)      Communicate Effectively

h)      Know Engineering's Global Societal Context

i)        Engage in Life-Long learning

j)        Know Contemporary Issues

k)      Use Engineering Techniques, Skills, and Tools


Table 1 shows the relationship of the metallurgical engineering program objectives to the program outcomes.



Table 1 Relationship between Metallurgical Engineering Program Objectives and Outcomes








Apply Know.





Anal Exp































Life long




Cont Issues





1 Apply Met Eng Principles.












2 Meet Societal Needs












3 Grow Prof & Personally.












4 Serve Comm. & Profession.














The outcomes are assessed using a system that employs the following major elements:

        A set of specifically identified instruments is used to assess each outcome

        Each outcome is assessed ideally by three assessment methods so as to achieve assessment triangulation

        Each outcome is assessed using specifically stated metrics consisting of between two and four performance criteria each with associated specifics that characterize specific levels of student performance.

        The assessment of each instrument results in numerical scores recorded on a score card


To help the user find the documents used in outcome assessment and evaluation, a summary of the salient documents is listed here with a brief description of each. They are listed in the order in which information flows. Each item is linked to a sample item.



is the collection of a specific document, one per student or team, used to assess a Program Outcome. Examples of the specific document may be a completed homework assignment or an exam, faculty member-completed oral presentation assessment form, or students’ standardized exam results.


Score Card

is a Microsoft Excel table document on which the Program Outcome assessment results for one instrument are recorded. These are typically completed by one designated faculty assessor.


Outcome Summary

is a Microsoft Excel table document for a specified Program Outcome onto which the all the Score Card assessment results for the specified outcome are summarized and tabulated for one calendar year.


Assessment Summary

is a Microsoft Excel document consisting of a Table and a Chart onto which all Program Outcomes results are organized for one academic year.


Grand Summary

is a Microsoft Excel document that shows the assessment results for all outcomes over all years, any one outcome over time, or all outcomes for any selected year.


Outcome Review

is a Microsoft Excel worksheet onto which a designated Met Eng faculty member documents his critical review of a selected Program Outcome for a specified academic year and includes actions needed.


Outcome Review Summary

is a Microsoft Excel worksheet that contains a complete sequential history (all years) of the evaluations, actions, and results for each outcome.


Action Review

is a Microsoft Excel worksheet completed in January that contains a complete summary for all outcome evaluations and results for the preceding year and actions for the current year.