A. Mission Statement

Institution Mission

New Mexico State University is the state’s land-grant university, serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service.

College of Engineering Mission

The College of Engineering will uphold the land-grant mission of New Mexico State University by providing nationally recognized programs in education, research, outreach and public service.

Chemical & Materials Engineering Department Mission

B. Program Educational Objectives

C. Consistency of the Program Educational Objectives with the Mission of the Institution

Describe how the program educational objectives are consistent with the mission of the institution.

  • The Program Educational Objectives of graduates who will use their Chemical Engineering knowledge and skills are consistent with the University’s mission of meeting the educational needs of New Mexico and the College’s mission to have nationally-recognized programs in engineering education.
  • In addition to the mission statements, NMSU has adopted an Academic Strategic Plan, called the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan. All four CHME Program Educational Objectives link to NMSU’s goal to be the economic engine for New Mexico through strengthening our research and economic development partnerships. These Objectives, stating what our graduates will do three-five years after graduation, are clearly predicated on NMSU’s goal that graduation is Goal #1 for our students.

D. Program Constituencies

List the program constituencies. Describe how the program educational objectives meet the needs of these constituencies.

CHME constituency are listed below.

  1. Students
  2. Tenure-Track/Tenured Faculty
  3. NM citizens
  4. Alumni
  5. Employers

These constituents are cited in the mission statements of the institution, college, and department.  Program educational objectives are designed to support the needs of these groups as related to these mission statements.

E. Process for Review of the Program Educational Objectives

Describe the process that periodically reviews the program educational objectives including how the program’s various constituencies are involved in this process. Describe how this process is systematically utilized to ensure that the program’s educational objectives remain consistent with the institutional mission, the program constituents’ needs and these criteria.

  • Program Educational Objectives are reviewed annually by the faculty at a Faculty Assessment meeting.
  • Through 2015, Alumni Academy members were asked to review Program Educational Objectives each year at the annual Academy Meeting.  The meeting has been typically scheduled around homecoming events to maximize attendance, except for in program review years where the meeting is scheduled to coincide with the visit to permit the program reviewer to meet directly with the Academy.
  • In 2016, the model for PEO review was modified.  Alumni support was divided into two groups, each with a different goal.  The Industrial Advisory Board has the objective of providing feedback to the department head on the relevance of the CHME Department Mission, the Program Educational Objectives, content of the curriculum, and avenues of entry to employment in the industry.  The Academy engages the department in a less structured manner, with the objective of finding CHME alumni (and others) with time, talents, and treasures with which they are willing to support the department.
  • Student organizations also perform an annual review of the PEOs.  Undergraduates are represented by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), while graduate students are represented by the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (CHEGSO).
  • In addition to these formal review meetings, constituency are permitted to provide continuous input to the review of the program educational objectives.  An online form permits alumni to provide an assessment which is subsequently considered by the constituency at the Faculty Assessment and Alumni Academy meetings.