Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

ABET defines Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) as “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.” ABET Accreditation Criterion 2 requires the following: The program must have published program educational objectives that are consistent with the mission of the institution, the needs of the program’s various constituencies, and these criteria. There must be a documented, systematically utilized, and effective process, involving program constituencies, for the periodic review of these program educational objectives that ensures they remain consistent with the institutional mission, the program’s constituents’ needs, and these criteria. (Reference:

Each program defines its own PEOs. You can find each program’s PEOs here.

Student Outcomes

ABET defines Student Outcomes (SOs) as “Statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.” ABET Accreditation Criterion 3 requires the following: The program must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. Student outcomes are outcomes (a) through (k) plus any additional outcomes that may be articulated by the program.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Each ISU Engineering degree program has adopted the (a)-(k) Student Outcomes for their program. You can find each program’s SOs here.

Contact Information

Sriram Sundararajan
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
4100 Marston Hall