The College of Engineering continually measures its progress in reaching important goals through its Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which are aligned with indicators of the university and the Board of Regents. These measures track students and their success, and faculty and their accomplishments in teaching, research, and engagement.
Resident enrollment from Iowa has increased steadily the past five years. Non-resident enrollment from other states and international markets is also growing, signaling diversification and broadening of the engineering college’s scope.
New recruiting, advising, and bridge programs have led to modest increases of female, international, and underrepresented minority students. This measure is based upon enrollments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The academic preparation of incoming engineering students is strong and steady. Students enter the College of Engineering with ACT composite scores at the 86th percentile, the highest among all colleges at Iowa State.
Representing mastery of technical subject, the doctorate is the highest degree conferred by the engineering college. The number of doctoral degrees has increased recently, a sign of quality and the college’s prestige and external reputation.
This indicator measures the percentage of graduates that are employed, attending graduate school, or in the military service. Graduates are surveyed at the time of graduation and six-months after graduation. The placement rate generally reflects the strength of the job market and economy.
Sponsored research is a measure of faculty scholarship, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Research activity is expected to continue growing as outstanding faculty members are recruited and advanced within the college and new interdisciplinary programs are established.