UCSC CE and EE Department's fulfillment of ABET Outcome
JEngineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
These courses help fullfill this ABET outcome:
- CE80e via
Core Topics 5, 6, 7 and all Optional Topics
- EE80t via
Skills 9 and 10 and Core topics 5, 6, 7, 8
In the following section, representatives from each department talk about how
their students fulfill this component, how it is monitored, and what the
feedback loops are.
- The CE department on monitoring and feedback
- The initial take (as written by Roberto Manduchi)
This outcome is
fulfilled largely by the graduation
requirements including the general education
requirements at UCSC, a school with a tradition of politically-aware
liberal arts education. Each student is required to fulfill American History
and Institutions requirements, take topical courses from three different
majors that explain how the major impacts society, take two different
introduction to social sciences courses, two different introductions to the
natural sciences courses, and two different introductions to the humanities
coruses. They must also take a course that centers on Ethnic studies or
Third-World relations and an Art course.
The CE department doesn't measure this outcome directly. Students must
earn grades of C or better to receive credit for campus general education
requirements. We depend on UCSC as a whole to evaluate this outcome. For
long-term feedback, there are several questions on the alumni survey that
address students' views of this issue at a distance.
Our three metrics are:
If any of the three of these is
not met, the oversight committee must propose changes to the faculty and the
- Subjective:WASC Accreditation: UCSC maintains WASC
- Quantitative:123B: 100% of the students consider the impact of
their projects on society and the environment.
- Subjective:The exit survey results on Question 12: An average
of 4 out of 5 must be maintained.
- The EE department's monitoring and feedback (as written by Holger
The EE department measures this outcome using questions both on
surveys that address this issue. In this way, we record students' reflections
on their UCSC education at different stages of their careers and lives.