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The Office of Engineering Educational Research and Assessment offers evidence of the effectiveness of those activities provided by the Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC). What we aim to accomplish explicitly guides the development of our comprehensive assessment plan; this assessment plan describes the specific student-centered strategies and approaches that match campus-wide goals for increasing student graduation rates. To determine what sorts of strategies and activities will be employed, key findings, derived from institutional research data, will drive best practices. To ensure that assessment accurately represents the goals of the ESSC, several different metrics, substantiated by sound research, will examine the range of activities provided by the ESSC. To measure student success, both quantitative and qualitative research methods are used.


  1. To develop key metrics that will provide baseline data needed to examine the ESSC activities.
  2. To fully exploit the range of both quantitative and qualitative research approaches (including mixed methods) that will study the effectiveness of the ESSC activities.


  1. Collaborate with campus faculty, with background in assessment, including those from Educational Psychology (College of Education) and Psychology (College of Liberal Arts).
  2. Create/deploy data collection instruments.
  3. Utilize quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative (NVivo) software data analysis.
  4. Participate in assessment posters and publish in scholarly journals to establish a professional data-centric reputation in the arena of engineering educational assessment and research
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