Engineering Accreditation, Program Outcomes, Student Outcomes & Assessment
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.
We developed our engineering curriculum to align with the standards of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and we are seeking ABET accreditation. ABET accreditation is based on the data from the first cohort of graduated students. We started the accreditation process by submitting a Readiness Review in October 2021 prior to the graduation of our first cohort of engineering students and a Self Study report in July 2022. We also hosted an ABET team of evaluators on campus in October 2022.
Program Educational Outcomes
Within a few years of graduation, Viterbo University’s engineering graduates will:
Attain careers within the engineering field that provide opportunities for graduates to exhibit their technical, leadership, and communication skills.
- Develop the engineering workforce of today and tomorrow by partnering with Viterbo University and other organizations to bolster Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Student Learning Outcomes
Problem Solving Skills (ABET SO 1): An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
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.
Communication (ABET SO 3): An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
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.
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.
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.
Continuous Learning Techniques (ABET SO 7): An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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.