Accreditation and Assessment

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the ​Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,



​Accreditation is a process of continuous improvement that uses a series of assessment tools which measure how well the program is achieving the objectives and outcomes listed here. As a student, you can expect to take part in the following evaluations during (and after) your academic career at CU:

Faculty Course Questionnaire (FCQ)

You will evaluate every course you take at the end of every semester, including an assessment of how well the learning objectives for the course were met.

Focus Groups

Every semester, we evaluate three required courses in depth. As part of that process, you may take part in a 25-minute in-class session to elicit detailed information on course strengths and on areas for possible improvement.

Concept Inventories

These exams focus on conceptual understanding in the core courses of mechanical engineering. They are administered as pre- and post-tests in selected courses. They have been methodically developed and systematically tested to measure learning gains in comparison to national norms. These exams also inform our continuous improvement cycle.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

This national exam is the first step toward professional registration as an engineer and all M.E. students are required to take the exam prior to graduation.  Students with senior standing may apply. 

Senior Exit Survey

In your last semester, you will be asked to fill out a survey that asks how well the outcomes listed on the left were met, and your overall satisfaction with the program, department, faculty, etc.

Alumni Survey

We will also send you a similar survey three years after graduation.