Division of Professional PracticeUniversity of CincinnatiPROPEL

Division of Professional Practice

Project Abstract

Developing a Corporate Feedback System for Use in Curricular Reform

FIPSE [P116A040276]; PIs Assoc. Prof. Cheryl Cates and Assoc. Provost Kettil Cedercreutz

Abstract: This project develops methodologies to use assessment data of student work term performance in curricular development, thereby continuously aligning experiential- or cooperative-education based curricula with industrial needs.

The proposed three-year project would focus on:

  • Identifying curricular activities exhibiting a strong correlation with student co-op work performance.
  • Designing and implementing processes allowing the systematic use of employer assessment in curriculum design.
  • Evaluating the impact of changes in curricular design upon student work performance.
  • Piloting and contrasting projects in both different academic fields and at different colleges.
  • Developing a set of best practices to be used for further refinement and dissemination of the process.

Initial collaborators include University of Cincinnati (UC) academic units as follows: the Department of Architecture (College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning); the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (College of Engineering); the Department of Civil and Construction Management (College of Applied Science); the College of Business Administration; and the Division of Professional Practice. The assessment data will be analyzed by the UC Evaluation Services Center. The Evaluation and Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education at Miami University will act as the external evaluator for the project. Schools accredited by, or subscribing to, the attributes of the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education will act as a reference group, ensuring a transferable end process. The ultimate objective of the project is to move schools engaged in cooperative education to a new era of market alignment. The goal is to build feedback structures that keep the schools abreast of a rapidly-changing environment. The processes will be built to support an efficient allocation of educational resources. The inclusion of a wide array of programs and a large, diverse reference group caters to building a process that can be effectively utilized in schools engaged in cooperative education within a diverse set of academic fields and educational levels. The objective is to develop a process that can be successfully implemented both in a community college as well as a four/five year institution environment.