In order to assure quality control, the department is going through preparations for accreditation by an international agency.
Routine activities are also established for this purpose and an extensive work is going on for both programs (PNGE and CHPE). Procedures and tools are developed by the Department to assess program outcomes and evaluate programs educational objectives. Some of the main features are:
1) The department mode is now based on Student Learning.
2) The constituencies have a pronounced input into all the operations of the department.
3) The tools developed by the Department are used in few universities.
4) Thorough Self Study Reports are prepared for the two programs.
In 2006 Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Program was substantially accredited by ABET organization. In fall 2008, Chemical and Process Engineering was accredited by ABET. In fall 2013, another visit by ABET team will take place for another accreditation cycle for both programs.
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CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT CYCLE
The diagram below illustrates the process of "obtaining constituency input and making corresponding changes" for the PNGE program. The diagram illustrates that the constituents provide input to the program educational objectives. It further illustrates that the identified constituents are involved in the assessment process. Generally, remedial actions will be taken as listed below:
· Issues related to student outcomes/delivery will be addressed at the end of the semester.
· Issues related to curriculum require approval from the Departmental Board and/or University relevant body. Curriculum changes such as deletion and addition of courses can be achieved within a year. This may involve the DCAC, Departmental Board, College Curriculum Committee and Admissions and Registration.
· Changes related to course contents and activity contents are achieved with minimal formalities.
· Issues related to infrastructure require approval and follow up at the Departmental, College and University levels. Some of the issues below could take from few months to years:
New equipment or package programs
New computer labs and facilities, etc
When there is a need, corrective actions are taken and their immediate effects are reported to the appropriate constituencies. Thus, the cycle is completed.
Educational Objectives for the two programs (CHPE and PNGE) were established in consultation with key program constituencies. The Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Departmental Board has identified the program’s important constituencies as follows:
Industrial Advisory Board
The University administration is directly involved and it is an important stakeholder in the Department and its activities. Their continued encouragement and support are vital to the Department.