Office of Assessment and Continuous Improvement
Assessment is an integral part of any high-quality educational program. It is defined as the systematic and documented process of obtaining evidence of learning and evaluating it effectively. This process, when performed critically and with the feedback from the appropriate constituents (e.g., students, faculty, alumni, advisory boards, etc.), should lead towards the continuous improvement of the institution and its academic programs.
The College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) performs assessment at various levels. The first level of assessment is at an institutional level, where the University of Puerto Rico is evaluated by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Higher Education (MSA-CHE) (http://www.msche.org). The UPRM has been accredited by MSA-CHE since 1946. The second level of assessment is performed at the program-level, where programs offer bachelor in science (BS) degrees in various Engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Software, Computer Science, and Mechanical). The accreditation of the Engineering programs at the BS level is performed by ABET. Although ABET does not formally uses its original name, ABET is an acronym from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (http://www.abet.org). Most Engineering programs in the College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez have been accredited by ABET. Our first program was accredited in 1960.
The assessment culture of the College of Engineering is based on making data-driven-decisions and critically analyzing whether the educational processes are conducted at their optimal level with a continuous improvement approach.