Case Number 109010 - Professional Assessment and Learning Database
Contact: Geoffrey Pinski
Description: The University of Cincinnati Division of Professional Practice has
developed a computer program and associated database to track and evaluate
students’ experience during their cooperative education. The University of Cincinnati introduced the
first program of cooperative education in 1906. Initiated by Dean Herman
Schneider in UC’s College of Engineering, cooperative education was a new
teaching methodology, which has withstood the test of time.
UC’s evaluation system relies on: a) the faculty
evaluating the students; b) the employers evaluating the students; and c) the
students evaluating employers and the employment opportunity The computer program is web-enabled so that
the students, employers and faculty can access it from anywhere. The computer program has three separate
interfaces which allow for easy access to the students, faculty and employers, while
also limiting what information each user can review – the student interface,
the employer interface, and the faculty interface.
Here the students enter registration, placement and
job evaluation data. This interface allows students to view both their personal
evaluations of employers and positions as well as their complete evaluation
history of employer assessment data on performance.
The Employer Interface has two sections, one for the
student's supervisor and one for the human resources officer responsible for
the cooperative education program at the company. The faculty advisor and the
co-op student both have access to the evaluation submitted by the company
supervisor. The human resources officer has access to the placement history of
all students working in their company and can review individual reports
submitted by their supervisors and add additional comments.
The Faculty Interface allows faculty advisors to both
review individual student evaluations. At present development is underway to
improve the interface to achieve aggregated reports of student performance. This
feature will enable co-op faculty and/or other faculty to review aggregated
student learning reports. Many of these reports are currently being customized
by hand to provide faculty members answers to questions posed regarding student
The following are publications related to the use of the software: