(Program Development and Assessment)
The goals of our Mechanical Engineering Program are derived in part from the mission of the US Air Force and the US Air Force Academy. To determine whether we are satisfying the goals and requirements of the program, we use an assessment plan. Thus, the assessment plan used by the Department of Engineering Mechanics at the United States Air Force Academy flows from the USAF mission, USAF/USAFA core values, the mission of USAFA, and the Dean of the Faculty Educational Outcomes.
The USAF mission:
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win … in air, space and cyberspace.
USAF/USAFA core values:
Service before self
Excellence in all we do
The USAFA mission:
The Air Force Academy Mission is to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.
Based on the guidance above, the Department of Engineering Mechanics has developed the following Department Mission Statement:
"Educating Engineers for the Military Profession."
To fulfill this mission, we have established the following Department Goals:
Academics: Provide the best possible engineering education and instill in cadets the motivation necessary to become career Air Force officers.
Work Environment: Provide a work environment that fosters an effective and productive department having members with a high degree of job satisfaction.
Cadet Involvement: Provide opportunities for department members to become involved in aspects of cadet life other than academics.
Professional Development: Assist department members in becoming more effective instructors and prepare each for increased responsibilities through the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.