“Tuning” is a faculty-led project designed to provide an indication of the knowledge, skills, and abilities students should achieve prior to graduation at different degree levels. Tuning involves:· Faculty from different sectors and institutions agreeing on what students in a field must know, understand, and be able to do;
The 2010 Tuning Oversight Council for Engineering, which is made up of higher education faculty representing 30 higher education institutions from across the state, has completed tuning work for the disciplines of Civil, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering. In order to help inform the Council’s final tuning work on these four engineering disciplines, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, with grant support from Lumina Foundation for Education, is conducting a survey of engineering faculty statewide. We would like you to complete this survey for the discipline of Mechanical Engineering; your answers will be very valuable in providing information about your discipline, supplying feedback to the Tuning Committee for Mechanical Engineering on their work, and improving curriculum planning and course relevance for future engineering students.
To respond to the survey, follow the links below:Additional information is available below and online at: www.thecb.state.tx.us/tuningtexas.
Part I of the survey asks for your opinion on a number of general competencies relevant to your engineering students. The general competency portion of the survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Part II of the survey asks for you to provide feedback on the discipline-specific, program-level competencies expected of graduates of Mechanical Engineering programs, as determined by the Tuning Committee for Mechanical Engineering. The discipline-specific competency portion of the survey will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.
Your feedback will be very important in finalizing the work of the committee, and in influencing the direction of Mechanical Engineering education in Texas and our nation.
Only through such broad consultation with faculty experts will the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board—the state coordinator of this project—be able to arrive at a decision about what learning outcomes are important for engineering and provide this information to Lumina Foundation for Education for their Tuning work nationwide.
You will never be personally identified at any point in the process of this study. There is no personally identifiable information on the survey form itself. With respect to SurveyMonkey, anonymous responses will be collected through the use of the "Web Link Collector." This method does not track names or emails. We will not save the IP addresses in the Analyze section. As responses come in, each survey will be marked as a "Normal Response" in the Response Type field. There will be no name or email associated with it.
If you have questions at any time about the study or its procedures, you may contact Dr. Mary E. Smith, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, at 512-427-6213 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ms. Debbie Rodriguez, Program Specialist for Academic Planning and Policy for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, at 512-427-6547 or email@example.com. If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions included on this form, or your rights as a participant in research have not been honored during the course of this project, you may contact your course instructor or your institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) office.