ABET Accreditation Introduction

This page details the ABET policies and practices for the IE program at Francis Marion University. View more information on ABET here.

 

ABET Status

The FMU Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

 

Performance Improvement Process

The Performance Improvement Process is driven by a schedule that involves IE Faculty participation and discussion every fall semester, advisory board participation and discussion every spring semester, and change/corrective action implementation (if deemed necessary) at the end of the academic year.  Student Outcome measurements and assessments are reviewed every year.  Program Educational Objectives are reviewed in year 2 of the 3-year improvement cycle.  The Student Outcome platform (course mappings, question bank, and measurement/assessment methodology), as well as the IE curriculum, are reviewed and assessed during year 3 of the cycle.

 

Program Educational Objectives

a. Obtain an advanced degree (e.g., MS, MBA, PhD) at an accredited institution.
b. Spearhead/lead a corporate project or research initiative (e.g., Six Sigma, facility acquisition/location).
c. Organize or significantly support structured community outreach/education efforts and activities.
d. Acquire skills/knowledge through certification in areas not on the IE degree plan.

 

Program Constituents

a. Industry/engineering professionals from the Pee Dee region in the areas of (but not limited to) manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and supply chain logistics.
b. Business operators/managers from the Pee Dee region.
c. Higher Education faculty, researchers, and/or instructors.
d. FMU IE Alumni (minimum 2 years work experience or advanced degree obtained post-FMU).

 

Student Outcome Measurement

The measurement of student outcomes is structured to ensure that no individual course or semester is unbalanced due to expected measures.  With the exception of the Senior Design class (ENGR 480), all courses that have been identified for Student Outcome measurement will focus on two or three outcomes.  With the exception of Outcome (d), all Student Outcomes are measured at least three times during the 4-year curriculum.  In addition, each outcome is measured once in beginning (Fall 1, Spring 1, Fall 2), middle (Spring 2, Fall 3, Spring 3) and end (Fall 4 and Spring 4) of the curriculum.
The measurement of Student Outcomes is evenly distributed amongst faculty members, courses, and semesters.  Additionally, and most significantly, the timeline of measurement enables the industrial engineering faculty to get a clear picture of the evolution of student outcome performance through the four-year curriculum.

 

IE Program Enrollment

ABET Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  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
  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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.