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Program Educational Objectives

Our Program Educational Objectives have been developed by the department of Computer Science and our External Advisory Board which consists of representatives from our program constituencies. The following is from our 2012 Self-Study (Criterion 2, part D): ("The primary program constituencies include (1) undergraduate computer science students and, to a lesser extent, undergraduate students in other majors, (2) employers in the state, region, and the United States federal government, and (3) the people of Upper Cumberland region and the State of Tennessee.")

Current External Advisory Board members include:

  • Barney MacCabe, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN)
  • Dave McMahon, UNUM (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Dean Hosfield, Libscomb University (Nashville, TN)
  • George Meghabghab, Roane State Community College (Harriman, TN)
  • Janet Burge, Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • John Seel, Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren, VA)
  • Mike Helmick, Google (Seattle, WA)
  • Jill Patrick, Science Applications International Corporation (Cookeville, TN)
  • Edward Smith, Jackson National Life (Brentwood, TN)
  • Kevin Smith, Urban Science (Franklin, TN)
  • Justin Stinson, Garmin International (Spring Hill, KS)

 Program Educational Objectives:
  1. Professionalism: Our graduates will exhibit the clear communication, responsible teamwork, commitment to quality, professional attitude, and ethics needed to engage in successful careers in industry, academia, and public service.
  2. Leadership: Our graduates will provide technical leadership in their business, profession, and community.
  3. Economic Impact: Our graduates will enhance the economic well-being of the Upper Cumberland, the state of Tennessee, and the Nation through their technical expertise and leadership.
  4. Life-long Learning: Our graduates will adapt to new technologies, tools and methodologies to maintain their ability to respond to the challenges of a changing environment.

Process for Reviewing and Revising Program Educational Objectives

The process for reviewing and revising the program educational objectives is led by the department's External Advisory Board (EAB) in conjunction with department faculty. Consisting of alumni, regional employers, and faculty from other educational institutions, our EAB is an adequate representation of our constituencies. We meet with our EAB every spring. Our process is to review and consider revision of our program educational objectives at the EAB meeting after each of our bi-annual recent alumni surveys.


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