The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
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. FCQ results are available at http://www.colorado.edu/fcq/.
Focus Groups/Task Forces
We evaluate our core courses on a rotating basis. As part of that process, you may take part in a 25-minute in-class focus group designed to gather detailed information on course strengths and areas for possible improvement. You may also be invited to participate in a follow-up task force, which involves meeting with a small group of faculty, staff, and students to evaluate potential changes to the course.
These exams focus on conceptual understanding of the core courses in mechanical engineering. They are administered as pre- and post-tests in selected courses. They have been methodically developed and tested to measure learning gains in comparison to national norms.
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
This national exam is the first step toward professional registration as an engineer. All ME students are required to take the exam prior to graduation. Students with senior standing may apply and should contact their Academic Advisor for more information.
Senior Exit Survey
In your last semester, you will be asked to fill out a survey that asks you to evaluate how well the program's learning outcomes met, your overall satisfaction with the program, department, faculty, etc.
Post-Grad and Alumni Surveys
After you leave CU, we will continue to check-in periodically about your accomplishments and the extent to which your CU degree effectively prepared you for your future career.