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A curricula assessment and improvement quantitative model for higher education: a design for six sigma methodology

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Date Issued:
2014
Abstract/Description:
Curricula assessment is an integrated process to assist higher education institutions in addressing the challenges in adesignated field of study and in exploring the opportunities to better educate and prepare their students for an increasinglycomplex world.Although assessment as a topic has been researched extensively, there has been a lack of quantitative tools that addressthe requirements of many of the stakeholders that may be critical to the curriculum design and assessment processes.This research proposes the utilization of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) to develop a quantitative model for curriculumassessment and improvement for higher education institutions. A review of the literature indicates that there is a lack ofquantitative tools that enhance the reliability and efficiency of gathering customer requirements for curriculum in highereducation environment. In addition, there is a lack of tools to translate these requirements into actual characteristics that canbe used for curriculum design and assessment purposes. The literature also indicates that curriculum assessment is one ofseveral educational processes that affect the quality of education.This research proposes a quantitative model for curriculum assessment and improvement in higher education institutions,utilizing design for six sigma methodology. The proposed model explores the use of the Kano model concept to translateneeded requirements into desirable curriculum attributes and the general concept of establishing transfer function todetermine the level at which those requirements have been satisfied. The use of the developed model can help improvestudent learning and provide curriculum stakeholders with timely feedback about the curriculum and identify areas in need ofimprovement.To validate the capability of the proposed model, an ABET accredited department of Industrial Engineering in a USuniversity was used a case study.
Title: A curricula assessment and improvement quantitative model for higher education: a design for six sigma methodology.
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Name(s): Halawany, Abdullah, Author
Elshennawy, Ahmad, Committee Chair
Lee, Gene, Committee Member
Rabelo, Luis, Committee Member
Rahal, Ahmad, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Curricula assessment is an integrated process to assist higher education institutions in addressing the challenges in adesignated field of study and in exploring the opportunities to better educate and prepare their students for an increasinglycomplex world.Although assessment as a topic has been researched extensively, there has been a lack of quantitative tools that addressthe requirements of many of the stakeholders that may be critical to the curriculum design and assessment processes.This research proposes the utilization of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) to develop a quantitative model for curriculumassessment and improvement for higher education institutions. A review of the literature indicates that there is a lack ofquantitative tools that enhance the reliability and efficiency of gathering customer requirements for curriculum in highereducation environment. In addition, there is a lack of tools to translate these requirements into actual characteristics that canbe used for curriculum design and assessment purposes. The literature also indicates that curriculum assessment is one ofseveral educational processes that affect the quality of education.This research proposes a quantitative model for curriculum assessment and improvement in higher education institutions,utilizing design for six sigma methodology. The proposed model explores the use of the Kano model concept to translateneeded requirements into desirable curriculum attributes and the general concept of establishing transfer function todetermine the level at which those requirements have been satisfied. The use of the developed model can help improvestudent learning and provide curriculum stakeholders with timely feedback about the curriculum and identify areas in need ofimprovement.To validate the capability of the proposed model, an ABET accredited department of Industrial Engineering in a USuniversity was used a case study.
Identifier: CFE0005344 (IID), ucf:50497 (fedora)
Note(s): 2014-08-01
Ph.D.
Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
Doctoral
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Subject(s): higher education -- curricula assessment -- curricula improvement -- quantitative model -- design for six sigma methodology -- DFSS -- Kano model -- customer satisfaction
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0005344
Restrictions on Access: public 2014-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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