How do we assess whether or not we’re doing a good job?
- At the Aeronautics program level (serving all five areas of concentration), faculty and staff have defined a mission statement that ties in and reflects the mission statements not only of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering but also of the University itself. Each area of concentration also has an individual mission statement. In this way, Aeronautics faculty and staff can ensure that we’re all on the same page and driving towards a common goal.
- Each mission statement is supported by specific outcomes, and we measure the success of reaching those outcomes in specific ways (you can find the outcomes and their measurements on each concentration webpage).
In order to meet the outcomes set forth in each area of concentration, and therefore the overall program, students must successfully pass not only their respective capstone course, but also Aerospace Senior Seminar. Flight Technology students must also pass AERN 45653 Multi-Engine Pilot Flight.
- Across all areas of concentration, we strive to meet eleven general outcomes throughout the course of a student’s chosen academic program at Kent State University. They are:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
- An ability to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to function on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively, including both written and oral communication skills
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice
- An understanding of the national and international aviation environment
- An ability to apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems
- An ability to apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation businesses.
One way in which we assess whether or not our programs meet the general outcomes is to ask the student’s themselves via graduate surveys. Based upon results of the survey (which allows for comments as well), we may make changes to the program. For example, the 2012-2013 surveys indicated a desire for better and more clearly defined internship opportunities. In the summer of 2013, the College was able to hire an internship coordinator. Not only has the number of internship opportunities tripled over the last few years but also, through her efforts, Kent State University created the first University-level internship course, which allows any student who accepts an internship to maintain full-time student status while away, at minimum cost to the student.