International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) (7th : 2015)

Engaging alumni in EESD curriculum assessment Roghanian, Negar; Sibley, Jim; Nesbit, Susan


With the goal of continually improving the civil engineering undergraduate program at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the current, 2-phased, study assesses the level of graduating student achievement of two critical Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) graduating student attributes, namely “ethics” and “the impact of engineering on society and the environment”. The first phase, which is reported here, involves deploying, at a small scale, a novel process of assessing the ethics attribute. The base-line data collected include both the self-evaluation by a small set of 4th year students respecting their development of the ethics attribute, and the assessment by a practicing engineers alumni panel of the level at which the students meet entry-level engineering ethics expectations. In addition to assessing student achievement of the ethics attribute, the alumni panel discussed possible refinements of the novel assessment process. The second phase of the study, to be reported in a subsequent paper, involves a larger-scale deployment of the revised protocol in order to assess the CEAB “impacts of engineering on society and the environment” attribute. The objective of this study is to gain insights into possible gaps between lived curriculum and industry expectations by employing an authentic, and administratively manageable, assessment protocol.

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