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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (DFEC) has developed goals for the faculty that include providing core courses for all cadets, offering accredited academic programs, and supporting the core courses and academic programs. Each of these rather broad goals has a set of measurable objectives.

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  1. Contribute appropriately to the USAFA Outcomes by effectively delivering a motivational core curriculum by which all graduates achieve a basic understanding of the role, capabilities, and limitations of Air Force electronic systems by learning the basic principles of electronic systems and applying the engineering approach to problem-solving and design.
  2. Contribute appropriately to the USAFA Outcomes by effectively delivering an Air Force-relevant, stimulating, nationally accredited degree program by which graduates achieve a foundation in electrical engineering of appropriate breadth and depth, the skills to tackle any electrical engineering task they encounter, and the intellectual curiosity to continue to add to their knowledge as officers in the Air Force.
  3. Contribute appropriately to the USAFA Outcomes by effectively delivering an Air Force-relevant, stimulating, nationally accredited degree program by which graduates achieve a foundation in computer engineering of appropriate breadth and depth, the skills to tackle any computer engineering task they encounter, and the intellectual curiosity to continue to add to their knowledge as officers in the Air Force.
  4. Recruit, develop, and enrich faculty and staff of the highest caliber.
  5. Acquire and maintain required budget, facilities, and equipment to meet our mission.
Note that the first three goals all state the intent to support the USAFA Outcomes. While assessment effort primarily focuses on the attainment of the goals for the two academic majors programs, the USAFA always has had a very extensive core curriculum. As a result, because of the large number of students, the majority of the Department's teaching effort is expended delivering the core courses.


To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to attain Program Educational Objectives two to five years after graduation.  These are:

  1. Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge.
    • Lead others effectively.
    • Effectively apply ethical and moral standards.
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills.
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking.
    • Communicate effectively.
  2. Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility.
  3. A demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems.
  4. Success in continuing education.

Supporting Objectives


The DFEC goal to "Recruit, develop, and enrich faculty and staff of the highest caliber" and the DFCS goal to "Recruit, develop, and enrich a highly qualified, diverse faculty and staff" lead to a set of common objectives centered on faculty and staff development.  These objectives are listed below.

Each faculty member will be encouraged to
  1. Perform a balanced, manageable workload in an excellent manner.
  2. Maintain technical and educational competence.
  3. Attend at least one symposium/conference per year.
  4. Actively pursue academic promotion.
  5. Belong to and participate in at least one appropriate professional society.
Department leadership will
  1. Be aware of and support appropriate faculty and staff aspirations and goals.
  2. Provide continuing professional development and research opportunities for faculty and staff.
  3. Strive to continuously improve the organizational climate.
  4. Maintain a long-range faculty and staff recruitment plan.


Facilities and other resources are required to deliver the curriculum and support the Departments&8217; goals, outcomes, and objectives. The achievement of the Departments’ goal is measured through the attainment of the following objectives:

Each course director will
  • Provide an annual forecast of course resource requirements.
Each division chief will
  • Maintain a short-term (annual) and long-term (seven-year) resource requirements plan for his or her assigned division's curriculum.
The Departments will
  1. Vigorously strive to obtain the required budget to meet our goals, outcomes, and objectives.
  2. Maintain appropriately equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
  3. Maintain appropriate, state-of-the-art computational facilities for use by faculty, staff, and cadets.

U.S. Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO 80840, (719) 333-1110 DSN: 333-1110, Updated: 23 Apr 14
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