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 Overview of the Program Assessment

​Continuous assessment is the key for quality assurance at the university. The aim of assessment is to understand how educational programs are working and to determine whether they are contributing to student growth and development.  Program assessment focuses on programs rather than on individual students.  It provides information on whether the curriculum as a whole provides students with the knowledge, skills and values that graduates should possess in accordance with its mission and set goals and learning objectives.​

​The new trends in accreditation criteria have brought outcome assessment to focus. Accrediting agencies such as  Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (ACCSB), the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB) and the National Arc​hitectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) require programs or colleges seeking accreditation to have self-assessment. Industry push and competitive job markets have also contributed to the need for continuous program quality improvement that focus on student learning and preparation for professional practice after graduation.

The Program Assessment Center (PAC) at KFUPM strives to achieve its mission towards developing quality education that meets local industry needs following reputable international standards. It provides the necessary services and support for the various academic programs and research units at the University. It also facilitates and coordinates their efforts to meet their objectives and institutional goals.