Middle States Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (MSCHE)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is responsible for more than 525 accredited and candidate degree-granting institutions which offer one or more postsecondary educational programs, including those offered via distance education, of at least one academic year in length at the Associate’s or higher level in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities within and outside of the United States.

Undergraduate Accreditation

SSIE's undergraduate program (BS ISE) applies the same standards used in its highly rigorous Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) review, more details about which can be found here.

MS Accreditation

Department/Program Mission: The mission of the SSIE graduate programs is to prepare its students for R&D careers in corporate, academic, and research lab environments by offering a flexible program of course work and mentoring that enables students to engage in extensive independent research on a cutting-edge research topic.

Learning Goals:

  1. Achieve breadth via fundamental knowledge in the field.
  2. Gain depth via specialized knowledge and research in a chosen specialization area.
  3. Communicate research findings effectively.

 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the MS Degree Programs:

Learning Outcomes Supports Learning Goals Assessment Method/Measure Achievement Target/Criterion for Success Types of Assessment
SLO 1: Students will be able to apply engineering mathematics and fundamental SS/ISE methods.

Goal 1

Achievement of identified Primary Educational Objectives (PEOs) in core courses. Students’ performance will be evaluated by key questions or projects related to PEOs 100% of students will score 95 out of 100 points in relevant projects/assignments. Direct
Successful completion of core SS/ISE graduate coursework 100% of students in all required graduate courses will achieve ≥3.0 GPA. Indirect
Post-MS defense self-assessment survey 100% of students will strongly agree/agree that they are able to apply engineering mathematics and fundamental methods. Indirect
SLO 2: Students will be able to apply SS/ISE methods to advanced problems in their area of specialization. Goal 2 Accepted MS thesis/project 100% of the students' Thesis/Project will be accepted by MS committee or research advisors. Direct
Post-MS defense self-assessment survey 100% of students will strongly agree/agree that they are able to apply engineering mathematics and fundamental methods. Indirect
SLO 3: Students will be able to effectively communicate research findings.  Goal 3  Accepted MS project/thesis 100% of the students' Thesis/Project will be accepted by MS committee or research advisors. Direct
Post-MS defense self-assessment survey 100% of students will strongly agree/agree that they are able to apply engineering mathematics and fundamental methods. Indirect

PhD Accreditation

Department/Program Mission: The mission of the SSIE graduate programs is to prepare its students for R&D careers in corporate, academic, and research lab environments by offering a flexible program of course work and mentoring that enables students to engage in extensive independent research on a cutting-edge research topic.

Learning Goals:

  1. Achieve breadth via fundamental knowledge in the field.
  2. Achieve depth of knowledge in a chosen specialization area.
  3. Make a substantial original contribution to the field.
  4. Effectively communicate the research findings.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the PhD Programs:

Learning Outcomes Supports Learning Goals Assessment Method/Measure Criterion for Success Types of Assessment
SLO 1: Students will be able to apply engineering mathematics and fundamental systems science/industrial and systems engineering concepts and methods. Goal 1 PhD Qualifying Exam will be evaluated by Dissertation Committee 100% of the candidates will pass the Qualifying Exam. Direct
Students’ performance will be evaluated by SSIE Graduate Level GPA in relevant courses 100% of the students in selected courses will have GPA ≥ 3.0. Indirect
SLO 2: Students will be able to apply specialized methods to advanced problems in their specialization. Goal 2 Submitted PhD Prospectus 100% of the candidates will pass the Qualifying Exam. Direct
Students’ performance will be evaluated by Graduate Level GPA in specialized coursework 100% of the students in selected courses will have GPA ≥ 3.0. Indirect
SLO 3: Students will be able to identify a substantial open research problem in the field and propose a sound research methodology to address that problem. Goal 3 Submitted PhD Dissertation will be evaluated by Dissertation Committee 100% of the candidates will pass. Direct
Post-Defense Assessment Survey 100% of students will strongly agree/agree that they are able to apply engineering mathematics and fundamental methods. Indirect
SLO 4: Students can effectively write technical documents and make technical presentations. Goal 4 Submitted PhD Dissertation & Defense 100% of the candidates will successfully pass the PHD defense. Direct
Post-Defense Assessment Survey 100% of students will strongly agree/agree that they are able to apply engineering mathematics and fundamental methods. Indirect

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Mohammad T. Khasawneh

Professor; Department Chair; Graduate Director; Professor; Associate Director

Systems Science and Industrial Engineering; Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE)

Mark D. Poliks

Professor; Undergraduate Director; Director, CAMM;

Systems Science and Industrial Engineering; S3IP – Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging