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P&R Responses for recommendation 40

Recommendation 40
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Consensus Opinion 31 out of 31 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation ECE Department Response to Prioritization and Recovery Proposal
Approved by Department November 7, 2007

In response to proposal numbered: 40


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has two degree programs which contain about 80% overlap between them. These two degrees compliment each other and together are becoming more popular as a double degree with our students. These two programs have always tried to follow a strong academic course of instruction which is evidenced by our national accreditation. Because both programs meet or exceed the requirements set by our professional societies who write the requirements for our accreditation. These requirements are set at a high standard because our graduates affect the quality of life throughout the world. In having such a program, with high standards of instruction and with many units required to graduate, generally results in students not achieving high GPA’s. If you are going to look at GPA’s and state that there is a problem you must compare them with national data not campus data. Comparing with campus data is like comparing apples with oranges. Nationally, GPA’s in engineering typically average around 2.7 our average is 2.69 for EE and 2.55 for CpE. Therefore, if you assume a normal distribution, many students will have GPA’s around or below 2.2. If you look just at the number of seniors below 2.2 as of Fall 2007 you find 19 for CpE and 65 for EE, this is only 10% of our total senior population. A better indicator of a problem would be found by looking at graduation rates. In both, of the degrees programs discussed here, graduation rates are good to high, even with many GPA’s below 2.2. In reading the other comments in the proposal concerning funding of the program, the proposal recommends stable funding. In most cases this might be acceptable. In looking at these two programs it can be seen that they are very dependent on laboratories. The department laboratories have not seen any major upgrades for more than 10 years. Other departments in the College of Engineering received new facilities including new laboratories only a few years ago. The ECE department received nothing during that major campaign by the College. Therefore, an increase in funding is needed in order to upgrade laboratories. If the laboratories are upgraded we will see an increase in student enrollment and we will be able to support more needs of other engineering department through service courses, without we will continue to see enrollment fall. Most students have been attracted to our programs because we offer more laboratory experiences than other programs using modern up to date equipment. Over the past few years we have not upgraded and have therefore seen students go to other campuses because we are no longer unique.

An increase in funding is needed to ensure an increase in enrollments in these programs.



Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

Recommendation 40
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Consensus Opinion 31 out of 31 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation ECE Department Response to Prioritization and Recovery Proposal
Approved by Department November 7, 2007

In response to proposal numbered: 40


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has two degree programs which contain about 80% overlap between them. These two degrees compliment each other and together are becoming more popular as a double degree with our students. These two programs have always tried to follow a strong academic course of instruction which is evidenced by our national accreditation. Because both programs meet or exceed the requirements set by our professional societies who write the requirements for our accreditation. These requirements are set at a high standard because our graduates affect the quality of life throughout the world. In having such a program, with high standards of instruction and with many units required to graduate, generally results in students not achieving high GPA’s. If you are going to look at GPA’s and state that there is a problem you must compare them with national data not campus data. Comparing with campus data is like comparing apples with oranges. Nationally, GPA’s in engineering typically average around 2.7 our average is 2.69 for EE and 2.55 for CpE. Therefore, if you assume a normal distribution, many students will have GPA’s around or below 2.2. If you look just at the number of seniors below 2.2 as of Fall 2007 you find 19 for CpE and 65 for EE, this is only 10% of our total senior population. A better indicator of a problem would be found by looking at graduation rates. In both, of the degrees programs discussed here, graduation rates are good to high, even with many GPA’s below 2.2. In reading the other comments in the proposal concerning funding of the program, the proposal recommends stable funding. In most cases this might be acceptable. In looking at these two programs it can be seen that they are very dependent on laboratories. The department laboratories have not seen any major upgrades for more than 10 years. Other departments in the College of Engineering received new facilities including new laboratories only a few years ago. The ECE department received nothing during that major campaign by the College. Therefore, an increase in funding is needed in order to upgrade laboratories. If the laboratories are upgraded we will see an increase in student enrollment and we will be able to support more needs of other engineering department through service courses, without we will continue to see enrollment fall. Most students have been attracted to our programs because we offer more laboratory experiences than other programs using modern up to date equipment. Over the past few years we have not upgraded and have therefore seen students go to other campuses because we are no longer unique.

An increase in funding is needed to ensure an increase in enrollments in these programs.





Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

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