Program Assessment Approaches
As part of the continuous assessment and improvement program, the Educational Outcomes are periodically assessed by different communities such as employers and alumni. For example, the Employers of the CM student Interns evaluate the job performance of the students per the Educational Outcomes.
In addition to self assessment instruments, CM students are encouraged to take one of various professional exams such as the Florida General Contractor's exam and the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Constructor Qualification Examination (CPC) exam.
The permanent CM faculty, Drs. Malek, Dryden, Woodson, Jiang, Soares, Lambert and Mr. Sorce went through the ACCE Visitor Team Accreditation process in 2011 and have a basis of understanding of the requirements to have a premiere construction academic program.
A multiplicity of formal and informal methods and techniques are employed to generate feedback and recommendations on the UNF CM academic program. The methods and techniques used in the CM Academic Quality Assessment are shown listed below.
Direct Outcome Assessment
- Every student outcome of every class is measured using a direct assessment tool and a Likert score for each class is determined. These assessments are reviewed in a faculty meeting to implement necessary changes for continuous improvement.
Instructional Satisfaction Questionnaire
- A formal student assessment is conducted of the instructor and the course each semester for every course.
Graduating Senior Survey
- Feedback is solicited from graduating seniors each semester on various aspects of the academic program such as advising, curriculum, student clubs, and facilities.
- Professional members of the regional construction companies are solicited for their feedback and views on the academic program. This is typically done twice a year.
- Each student must participate in an Internship as part of his/her academic program. The employer is asked to evaluate the student's job performance. The evaluation parameters include the Expected Educational Outcomes for the CM program. In a sense, the Department has a direct measure by industry on how well trained the students are in terms of the academic program?s desired Expected Educational Outcomes.
Informal Industry Feedback
- The Dean has implemented an industry Leadership Council for the College. Members of this committee include a number of senior executives from the regional construction companies. Feedback from the Dean is shared with the CM faculty.