Internal Assessment

The Leonhard Center’s Assessment and Instructional Support (AIS) faculty have expertise in educational assessment and offer support to the College of Engineering around different assessment needs.

Program-level Assessment

Specific AIS activities include coordinating support for program assessment by working with department faculty to identify assessment needs, develop or revise program outcomes and objectives, determine or develop assessment instruments, establish data collection methods, and assist with data analysis. Assistance often corresponds to ABET-lead assessment initiatives.

The Center also works with other College units in the development and implementation of college-level assessment instruments to assist with college-wide data gathering and analysis in support of undergraduate and graduate academic programs. These instruments include the senior exit and alumni surveys.

For more information on program-level assessment or to set up a consultation about program-level assessment support, contact the Leonhard Center.

Course-level Assessment

Often times, instructors may want to learn how to assess course effectiveness or to assess specific activities within a course. AIS is available to help develop tailored surveys or other instruments to measure students’ perceptions of the course or activity. Guidance is also available to develop more direct measures of student learning within a course.

The Leonhard Center is also excited to help faculty to develop their own knowledge of sound assessment strategies. The Leonhard Center Engineering Education Innovation Academy as well as the Leonhard Center CAREER workshop series both cover the basics of classroom assessment strategies.

For resources on course-level assessment, go to our Assessment resources page. For specific questions about course-level assessment or for a consultation about assessment in your course, contact the Leonhard Center.



The Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education was established in 1990 by an endowment from William and Wyllis Leonhard. Its mission is to catalyze the changes that are crucial to maintaining world-class engineering education at Penn State. In 2006 the Leonhard Center became the home for two other major programs that support teaching and learning in the College - the Office of Assessment & Instructional Support and Programs for Engineering Writing & Speaking.

The Leonhard Center

201 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-4020