Accreditation and Assessment

Engineering Accreditation, Program Outcomes, Student Outcomes & Assessment

Overview

Viterbo's engineering program was developed at the request of and in collaboration with local employers. Our engineering program builds a strong foundation of engineering skills with an emphasis on leadership and communication skills.

Accreditation

We developed our engineering curriculum to align with the standards of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and we will seek ABET accreditation. ABET accreditation is based on the data from the first cohort of graduated students. We will begin our request for accreditation in October 2021.

Program Educational Outcomes

Within a few years of graduation, Viterbo University’s engineering graduates will: 

  1. Attain careers within the engineering field that provide opportunities for graduates to exhibit their technical, leadership, and communication skills.

  2. Contribute to the development and support of future engineers through involvement in Viterbo University's Engineering program or other forms of outreach.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Problem Solving Skills (ABET SO 1): An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

  1. Designing in Context (ABET SO 2): An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. 

  1.  Communication (ABET SO 3): An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 

  1. Ethical Responsibilities (ABET SO 4): An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

  1. Working within a Team (ABET SO 5): An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment. Establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives. 

  1. Experimental Design and Analysis (ABET SO 6): An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions. 

  1. Continuous Learning Techniques (ABET SO 7): An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 

Assessment

Program level assessment allows for continuous improvement of our curriculum. Assessments are conducted on a regular basis to determine how well our students are meeting the Student Learning Outcomes. These assessments are analyzed and discussed in faculty meetings in order to inform curriculum and program changes.