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Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering

Oklahoma State University

October 2014

Consistent with ABET terminology, Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing the graduates to achieve.

Most students seek private sector employment immediately after graduation.  However, others enter professional schools (medical, law, dental, seminary, or business) or engineering graduate schools.  Some enter the military, some not-for-profit organizations, and it is common for some to leave professional practice and pursue a full-time commitment to raising a family.  These are diverse life paths.

Regardless of the life path, there is a commonality in the activities, achievements, points of view, and styles that lead to success in these after-graduation challenges. 

Further, since there is about a two-year transition time for an entry-level employee to become sufficiently aware of job context and new technology, the assessment of our Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) will be conducted after two to four years of experience.  In the years of transition, the graduates are expected to learn job-specific technology, learn procedures of the organization, and understand the enterprise context sufficiently to be able to contribute practicable ideas (often termed “get up to speed”, “learn the ropes”, or “get traction”)

The School has three broad objectives.  Within the first few years after graduation, our graduates will have demonstrated:

  1. Competencies – skill in tools and techniques that are fundamental to the job - many of which need to be learned after graduation.
  2. Professionalism – partnership in the mission and within the human context of the enterprise - ethics, effectiveness, and awareness of the broad context of the detailed work.
  3. Balance – a wise self-direction to life, community, health, and self view that finds the right balance between personal choices, which energizes self and others and enables effectiveness in relationships with others.