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I. Program Review: B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering
Program Director: Richard Rothaupt
PRC Consultants: Jonna Gjevre and Don Platz
Date of Review: February 28th 2006
Purpose of Review: The review is being conducted to assess the quality of the B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering degree program as part of the seven-year review process at UW-Stout.
Committee Findings: The committee recommends that the B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering program continue to be one of UW-Stout’s degree programs for the ongoing seven-year cycle and that recommendations made by the committee be implemented.
The B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering program, established in 1994, prepares students for careers as pragmatic manufacturing engineers with small- and medium-sized manufacturers. In alignment with UW-Stout’s mission, the B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering program emphasizes a hands-on approach, effectively combining a strong background in engineering theory with considerable applied laboratory experience. The degree consists of 132 credits of general education and professional courses, with a curriculum that draws upon six distinct categories for its professional core, in alignment with national accrediting categories. The program benefits from the diverse and extensive industry experience of UW-Stout faculty. As part of the program’s commitment to continuous improvement, the B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering program has undergone two extensive program revisions since the last review, during 2004 and 2006 (ongoing). This program has been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) since 1998.
III. Process Followed for Current Review:
In the spring of 2005, the PRC Chair met with program director to discuss the review process. The PRC consultants also met with the program director in fall of 2005 to review procedures and offer assistance. Data regarding several aspects of the program were collected from students, key instructors within and outside the department, and program committee members. The data were analyzed and returned to the program director and PRC members. The program director then completed the self-study report, presented the report to the PRC and responded to questions. The PRC discussed the program director’s report and after feedback from members of the committee, the consultants developed this report. The program director was allowed to provide input on a draft of this report prior to its submission to the PRC.
IV. Previous Review:
The previous review of the B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering program was conducted by Bob Peters and Jana Reeg Steidinger during AY 1998-99. The PRC’s recommendations as well as responses from the program director are summarized below:
V. Program Review:
Recommendations for the Program Director
Recommendations for the Chair of the Department of Engineering and Technology
Recommendations for the Dean of the College of Technology, Engineering and Management