Fall 2013 CS Undergraduate Studies Committee Notes
Meeting Date: 09/17/2013
ABET Accreditation - ABET Self-Study Questionnaire Template - Compare
last Accreditation to the new one and pinpoint all / any changes or new
items that are to be added Went through new material and Matt Bauer compared
it to the last review that was 6 years ago.
- Criterion 1. Students
- Student Admissions: Send email to admissions and see what we have as
far as requirements and process for accepting new students into the program.
o Evaluating Student Performance: Same as before, we use Degreeworks for
- Transfer Students and Transfer Courses: Same as last review
- Advising and Career Guidance: Same as last review
- Work in Lieu of Courses: Same except for Advanced Placement o Graduation
Requirements: Same as last review
- Transcripts of Recent Graduates: Undergrad Admissions needs 30 days
to get transcripts. Argamon suggests that we start requesting info ASAP.
- Criterion 2. Program Educational Objectives
- Mission Statement: On Website - http://iit.edu/csl/cs/about/mission.shtml
- slight wording change for BS in CS student Outcome (the first one listed)
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate
to the program's student outcomes and to the discipline
- Program Educational Objectives: On Website
- Consistency of the Program Educational Objectives with the Mission
of the Institution: This needs to be written.
- Program Constituencies: Have will need to review.
- Process for Review of the Program Educational Objectives: Have but
need for students. Need to ask Undergrad and Graduate students to discuss
program objectives. This should be a part of the Alumni survey….have your
achieved your goal. Would like to get impact from current bosses.
- Criterion 3. Student Outcomes
- Student Outcomes: A through K plus L
- Relationship of Student Outcomes to Program Educational Objectives:
Have and mapping.
- Process for the Establishment and Revision of the Student Outcomes:
Whenever ABET asks us to change, we change. Outcomes, graduation we can
measure. When we come up for accreditation we review. We need a short paragraph
of our review process.
- Enabled Student Characteristics: Need to write. Characteristics A -
- Criterion 4. Continuous Improvement
- Student Outcomes: Same as last review. Matt Bauer will copy and paste
the last review and make reference to the website.
- Continuous Improvement: Matt Bauer. Review every year and improve as
needed. Matt Bauer will put in stories that will support.
- Additional Information: Matt Bauer will put this together.
- Criterion 5. Curriculum
- Program Curriculum: Give sample program of study. Use information from
the website. Possibly ask the Professors to save ungraded (blank) exams
- Course Syllabi: Need Syllabi for required courses. Matt Bauer will
provide this information.
- Criterion 6. Faculty
- Faculty Qualifications: Collect resumes and fill in the chart that
- Faculty Workload: Use the chart to provide this information.
- Faculty Size:
- Professional Development: Email all Faculty to find out what workshops
or conferences that they may have attended this year.
- Authority and Responsibility of Faculty: Matt Bauer will write the
process on how to make Program changes. Describe the process to create
and modify program. Mention that it has to be approved by the committee
and then the faculty.
Here are all CS UG Studies committee members Shlomo Argamon Matthew
Bauer Mattox Beckman Gruia Calinescu Cindy Hood Ed Reingold Michael Saelee
Kevin Jin (starts in January)
POST MEETING ACTION ITEMS
- Email ALL Faculty to request most current resumes and to answer questions
that are posted in the enclosed table. Nancy Caruso ASAP
- Provide Nancy Caruso with the entire Faculty that should be included
in the above request. Matt Bauer ASAP
- Email all CS faculty and find out what % do they work for CS. What
% do they use for teaching and advising, what % do they use for research
and what % do they use for other i.e. administrative, or leave. This should
be included in the email with the resume request. Nancy Caruso ASAP
- Matt Bauer will compare the old review and write all the new information
that is needed for this Accreditation. He will work with Nancy Caruso to
get all the correct information to the Faculty.
09/28/13 Meeting - review collection of materials for courses and faculty CV.
Understand what we need from other depts.(Kallend)
- CS450 updates approved - incorporate much more low level content. Although
I have in the past used Unix v6 (written for the PDP11) as a platform for
demonstrating how operating systems are actually implemented, I think it
would be very useful -- and students would find it fascinating -- to work
with a kernel written for a modern architecture that we could actually
make changes to and run easily. I'm adopting MIT's xv6 (http://pdos.csail.mit.edu/6.828/2012/xv6.html)
for this purpose, and am putting together related slides, notes, screencasts,
and assignments that will be distributed across the entire semester that
should work as counterpoint to the higher level concepts covered. I'm starting
to deploy them this summer, though they won't be fully reading till Fall.
There would be a ton of C code to read and write, and this would take full
advantage of students' previous experience with C and systems-level programming
in CS 351. I really like, too, how the concepts covered in CS 351 are reinforced,
though this time in kernel code. My goal, ultimately, is to give CS 450
the reputation it deserves: a really hard, programming intensive class
where the internal functions of an OS are unraveled. Right now, the class
is still halfway stuck in the world of the traditional concept-based OS
class, and I think that's just unnecessary, given that most of this material
is already covered in CS 351. It's also just not a very hard (or programming
intensive) class right now. I don't think any of the course objectives
need to be updated to reflect these changes, though I'll go over them again.
The only problem with this that I can see is that graduate and transfer
students (and CPE/EE undergrads) that do not take our CS 351 class will
be at a distinct disadvantage. But then it seems silly not to leverage
the fact that we have a two-course systems track (compared to other universities
that only have one).
ABET Accreditation - Look over all info that has been provided by all
Professors. Assign committee all who have not yet responded to vitae, questions
or exams / syllabi.
The new University strategic plan will be discussed at the beginning
of the spring semester. At that time the committee will review the new
Mission and Vision statements of the University and will write a new one
for the department.
POST MEETING ACTION ITEMS
- Email Faculty that has still not responded to original email requesting
most current resumes and that have not answered questions that are posted
in the enclosed table. Divide the list and give names to Committee for
follow up. Nancy Caruso ASAP
- Remind all faculty that have UG courses to send ALL exams to me for
their file. One high, med and low scoring exam. If they do not have graded
exams at least a copy of the exam with the table. Nancy Caruso ASAP
- Work with faculty that have still not responded to all requests with
syllabi, resume's or exams Argamon, Beckman, Bauer, Saelee, Calinescu,
- Make a spreadsheet with all course #'s and textbooks used for course
Nancy Caruso ASAP
- Send out email to all professors who have UG classes at the beginning
of the Semester to ask for syllabi and exams Nancy Caruso January 6
Based on popularity of new MAS in Data Science - New specialization
in Data Science - Four courses are required for the Specialization in Data
- CS 422 Data Mining or CS 584 Machine Learning
- CS 451 Intro to Distributed Computing
- BUS 371 Strategies for Reaching New Markets
- MATH 481 Introduction to Stochastic Processes or MATH 483 Design and
Analysis of Experiments
- MATH 481 Prerequisites: MATH 332/333 and MATH 475.
- MATH 483 Prerequisite: MATH 476.
Coterminals Approved - University approved coterminal degrees, 9 hours
from BS degree also counting for MS degree. UG scholarship extended for
1 year. 3.25 or above GPA, 60 hours completed to apply