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What constitutes excellence for the College of Engineering?

Pursuit of excellence in all endeavors and personnel is one of the core values for the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering pursues excellence in imparting education to our students; educating and graduating students who are ready for professional practice in a timely manner; preparing students to succeed in a diverse, globalized environment; contributing to the discovery, dissemination, and discernment of knowledge; creating intellectual property and transferring technology; meeting technology challenges of the nation and world at large; educating the next generation of engineering educators; and serving the engineering and academic professions.

What Constitutes excellence for the engineering faculty?

Engineering faculty pursue excellence in teaching and mentoring students; advancing educational pedagogy; contributing to the discovery, dissemination, and sustenance of research programs; having impact upon state and national policies on technology; and creating intellectual property and transferring technology.

Metrics to evaluate the above streams of excellence

Both quantity and quality are used to describe excellence in above identified streams. Relevant metrics to gauge excellence in teaching and mentoring of students include:

  • number of graduates with job offers at the time of graduation
  • feedback from employers
  • number of graduates pursuing graduate school
  • recruitment of high achieving, diverse group of students
  • number of doctoral recipients holding academic positions
  • publication of text books
  • winners of teaching and mentoring awards
  • number of students recognized for their achievements and leadership contributions

Relevant metrics to gauge excellence of college faculty include:

  • peer-reviewed funding signifies currency of one’s research ideas and is a means to an end, the end being the education of students and scholarship
  • number of publications in highly selective, refereed conferences and journals and research monographs speaks to the scholarship of a faculty member
  • number of citations is an indicator of impact that the faculty member has had upon the field
  • number of patents and technology licensing agreements are indicative excellence in creation of intellectual property and technology transfer
  • number of faculty on editorial boards of highly selective journals and number of faculty on program committees of highly selective conferences are indicative of our faculty member’s standing in the academic community
  • number of professional society fellows, number of members of academies, and members of the state- and national-level committees advancing policies on technology are recognition of impact the faculty member’s work has had on the field