Quality assurance in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering is a process that ensures the achievement of the program objectives. There are two main processes to implement the quality assurance by the department: Accreditation and peer review of teaching. Course teaching evaluation conducted by the University for all courses provides an additional means for ensuring teaching quality.
The Department has two programs: Civil (CE) and Architectural (AE) Engineering. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), through its Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC).
The Department has been engaged in the accreditation process since 2000. This process has led to the formulation of PEO for each program. PEO have been revised several times with involvement from the constituents (stakeholders) of the program. SO were also adopted and refined in terms of performance indicators (PI). The process has led to the review and revision of the curriculum, teaching and assessment methods. Assessment includes both direct and indirect methods. All the faculty members contribute to the accreditation process with different degrees of involvement.
The department is conducting a peer review of teaching for several courses each semester as another means of ensuring quality in teaching. Two to three faculty members review the course material and visit the instructor of a course during a normal class session. The details of the review are summarized in reports and feedback is discussed with the reviewee to highlight his/her main strength and areas of improvement (if any).
The third method of quality assurance is through the course teaching evaluation conducted by the students which provide another feedback to the instructor. Overall results are reviewed by the Head of the Department (HoD). If needed, feedback may be provided to instructors for improvement.
The quality assurance of the teaching process in the programs is a responsibility shared by all faculty members, different committees as well as the HoD.