A program academic quality plan, named Continuous Quality Improvement, for the CEM program has been established and implemented since 2009 at the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction Engineering Management. The purpose of this program is to define and assure the continuous quality improvement process for the academic program of Construction Engineering Management at California State University, Long Beach.
The major components of the CQI process includes: Program Planning, Program Implementation, Program Assessment, and Program Improvement.
The program planning is aimed at evaluating the need to revise the overall educational objectives. The evaluation will be conducted on an annual basis by the CEM faculty in conjunction with the inputs from the CEM Advisory Development Council. Specifically, the program planning activities assist in evaluating coursework to determine how well the courses are meeting the ACCE requirements, the program mission, goals, and educational objectives. Student chapter advising, activities as well as internships are extracurricular activities that are important to leadership and professional development of the students. The advising process should also be subject to review and evaluation in conjunction with the overall program plan. The Program Planning will have annual meetings where the major changes to the curriculum are identified and planned for implementation.
The Program Implementation will start once the curriculum changes recommended by the Program Planning have been approved. Typical activities of the Program Implementation include developing new courses, where necessary, and revising existing courses to accommodate the recommendations. In addition, recommendations obtained from the Program Planning with regard to the advising process as well as teaching methods should be implemented as soon as possible.
The assessment will be conducted at three levels to assure that the program educational objectives/goals (Level I), the program learning outcomes (Level II), and the course learning objectives/outcomes (Level III) are achieved. The assessment results will be used to continuously improve the quality of the BSCEM curriculum by updating and/or revising course syllabi/contents as well as instructional methods.
The program improvement tasks will be developed and planned to accommodate the recommendations and the feedback obtained from the surveys. Correlations among the surveys and trends will be evaluated to identify the areas needing improvements as well as to measure progress toward planned improvements. The feedback data obtained from different assessment tools may indicate where significant changes are needed and can be used as input to the program planning.
The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program requires inputs from a wide range of sources including, but not limited to the Advisory & Development Council, faculty, students, alumni, and employers. The role of each group in performance assessment will be discussed to ensure clear communication of goals and objectives.
The continuous quality improvement process starts with a clear focus on the mission of the CEM program. This mission must have alignment with the College of Engineering, whose mission is coordinated with the University mission.
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