IDEA has four outcomes evaluated at the conclusion of each academic year. The first five years of the institute’s existence will focus on achieving these outcomes by improving dual degree engineering education in the AUC. The four outcomes are:
DDEP graduates and affiliated faculty will develop skills through IDEA leading to an increase of:
Innovation: The ability to generate new ideas useful in solving engineering problems and the advancement of engineering education theory and best practices.
FACES of Engineering is the primary initiative focused on the innovation outcome that will be active during the launch of IDEA. This initiative will engage faculty and administration in developing student-centered engineering education initiatives.
Diversity: The engineering identity development that leads to representation, empowerment, and success leveraging the skills of the HBCU-based liberal arts education.
The AUCC will host Rites of Passage Ceremony for all students transitioning to engineering school and graduating from the program. This is the primary initiative focused on the diversity outcome that will be active during the launch of IDEA.
Engagement: The capacity to build relationships, share experiences, and contribute to a community that invests in interpersonal and intrapersonal growth through engineering.
Engineering is ME (Mentoring and Engagement) is the primary initiative focused on the engagement outcome that will be active during the launch of IDEA. This initiative will allow AUC students to connect with alumni and industry professionals for mentorship and to engage in community service opportunities.
Achievement: The high-impact practices that promote career readiness in engineering such as professional development, research, job placement, and other industry-based opportunities.
The AUCC will integrate the Career Readiness and Badging Program so students can earn badges highlighting the assets they possess valuable to the engineering profession. This initiative will be primarily focused on the achievement outcome. The badges will assist students in getting placements with industry and academic partners.