Assessment in engineering education: Evolution, approaches and future collaborations

Barbara M. Olds, Barbara M. Moskal, Ronald L. Miller

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This article examines the current state of assessment in engineering education in the United States as reflected in the Journal of Engineering Education. We begin with a brief review of recent developments in the assessment of engineering education and the events that have inspired change. Next, we explore assessment methodologies that have been used repeatedly in the evaluation of engineering courses, curricula, and research investigations as well as some methods that have not been used extensively but are likely to be informative. We conclude with a discussion of the importance of establishing collaborations between researchers in engineering education and educational research. Throughout this paper we highlight examples of sound and rigorous assessments in engineering education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Assessment
  • Engineering education
  • Evaluation


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