ABET's accreditation criteria have provided additional impetus for preparing engineering graduates to understand their professional and ethical responsibilities. Accordingly, engineering ethics courses have stressed skills acquisition rather than behavior change. However, to date, methods to assess students' ability to resolve ethical dilemmas remain… (More)
The preparation and properties of polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (PVPP) and silica gel and the mechanisms by which they stabilize beer are discussed. In stabilized beer, chill stability was associated with lower protein sensitivity to precipitation with tannins. Approximately 60% of the proteoses were of low molecular weight (<10,000 daltons). The most acidic of… (More)
ABET's accreditation criteria provides additional impetus for preparing engineering graduates to act in an ethically responsible manner. However, methods to assess the effectiveness of educational efforts to do this remain primitive at best. We describe the first phase of a joint study at the University of Pittsburgh and the Colorado School of Mines to… (More)
This paper examines the use of multisource assessment and feedback processes in the classroom and the potential impact on student learning. Grounded in control and goal setting theories, this assessment process provides a means for students to take a proactive role in their learning. Research and practice issues are addressed.
EC 2000 has heightened awareness among engineering faculty about the importance of student retention, especially the retention of first-year students. Previous research found that students placed on academic probation after their first term have a high probability of leaving engineering prior to graduation. Using five years of data, we examine the… (More)
With the establishment of the challenging Engineering Criteria 2000 accreditation guidelines, institutions must obtain a more informed understanding of students' underlying knowledge, skills, and attitudes as they begin, ma-triculate, and eventually complete their engineering studies. As engineering educators collect information about how students… (More)
In assessing students' conceptual understanding of their engineering discipline, traditional methods such as exams and surveys do not capture the level of knowledge integration that students have obtained about their field of study. At the University of Pittsburgh, we are investigating the use of concept maps to measure this " knowledge integration " as… (More)
Models estimating demand and need for emergency transportation services are developed. These models can provide reliable estimates which can be used for planning purposes, by complementing and/or substituting for historical data. The model estimating demand requires only four independent variables: population in the area, employment in the area, and two… (More)
This paper describes ongoing research at several major universities on the design, development, and application of outcome assessment methodologies enhanced by information technologies. Several applications are described as well as advantages and disadvantages. Future research objectives are discussed.