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Past Projects

Syracuse University NSF TUES Grant Evaluation (2013-2015)

Under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (www.nsf.gov), Syracuse UnivSyracuseUniversityersity (SU) (syr.edu) implemented the Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) project with long-term vision of delivering assured systems as a routine outcome for undergraduate computer engineering (CE) and computer science (CS) programs. This project will develop a coordinated series of instruction modules, labs, and projects designed to increase the number of undergraduate students capable of building and verifying assured systems. Hezel Associates was contracted to conduct an external evaluation to monitor implementation; provide formative feedback for project improvements; and an assessment of the effectiveness of the project in terms of achieving its goals, using current learning models in development of innovative resources, and contributing to the body of knowledge on STEM education.

Hezel Associates' evaluation will assess project progress toward completion, inform the improvement of both project implementation and the intervention being developed, and assess preliminary effectiveness of new materials in both Cyber Engineering and standard CE and CS courses. Data will be primarily collected through internal project activities including process and product quality assurance documentation, pilot course student feedback, and embedded CS/CE learning assessments.

Through this evaluation Hezel Associates will be able to identify the level of successes of the TUES project. The evaluation plan and inferential analysis is designed to measure the extent of the quality of project activities, the extent of which the outcomes of the activities meet expectations, and the effectiveness of new materials.