Pre-Symposium Workshops

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Join us for our Pre-Symposium Workshops on Thursday, April 11, 2013 – the day prior to the Symposium. The Workshops are three hours long and each will lead you through a detailed exploration of assessment and accreditation topics.

The fee for the Pre-Symposium Workshops is $80 per Workshop. These workshops are open to Symposium registrants only.

Morning Sessions: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Creating a Culture of Assessment:
Facilitating Change at Your Institution - SOLD OUT!

  • James Warnock — Adjunct Director, Educational Research and Assessment, ABET; Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Mississippi State University
  • Janice Bordeaux — Program Assessment Workshop Facilitator, ABET; Associate Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University

Understanding both the program assessment process and group facilitation methods are necessary skills, but they are not sufficient to create sustainable change processes on their own. In this workshop, you'll explore the basic principles of change management and learn how to apply them to your own programs' and institutions' culture.

Learning to Lead Intentionally - SOLD OUT!

  • Ronald Bennett — Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus, School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas
  • Elaine Millam — Leadership Coach and Adjunct Faculty, University of St. Thomas

Whether in academia, industry, or government, the transition from individual contributor to becoming an authentic leader is a transformational process that requires deliberate and intentional steps of practice. It starts with introspection on what becoming the "ideal leader" means to you and then putting together the process of translating that into action.

This three-hour workshop is designed to help participants better understand the challenging roles of academic leadership, to find the leadership capabilities they inherently have, and to identify the process for building strengthened capacities in themselves. Experience has shown that academic professionals can learn to become authentic leaders, true to their own beliefs and skilled at developing leadership abilities in others.

The workshop presenters are authors of Leadership for Engineers: The Magic of Mindset.

Afternoon Sessions: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Using Project Management to Create Your Self-Study and Prepare for the Visit

  • James "Jim" Conrad — Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The ABET evaluation visit is one of your department's most important activities – why leave the preparation to chance? You will have precious limited time between the writing of your Self-Study Report and the visit to fully document your department's commitment to undergraduate education. By using established project management principles like planning, risk assessment, communications, and reporting, you can accurately represent your program beyond what you included in your Self-Study Report.

This session will highlight the steps you can take to prepare for the visit, including developing a project plan for preparing the display room and materials. This session will also describe how to engage your faculty in materials preparation.

Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Assessment Plan - SOLD OUT!

  • Matthew Dettman — Professor, The James D. Scott Professor of Civil Engineering, Western Kentucky University

This session will cover tools and techniques to develop a complete assessment plan for ABET outcomes (a)-(k). Topics will include the development of performance criteria and rubrics for each outcome, samples of direct and indirect assessment methods, and hands-on exercises to use some of the information shared in the presentation. A complete assessment plan will be presented to show how all of these tools work together and how it can be presented in a Self-Study Report.

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What Does ABET Stand For?

Originally, "ABET" stood for "the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology." The organization changed its name to simply "ABET" in 2005.