The Framework and Methods of Quantitative Assessment for Education Reform in Industrial Engineering

  • Shuai Zhang
  • Jun-qiang Wang
  • Zhi-qiang Cai
  • Heng-yi Gao
Conference paper


Industrial engineering (IE) is a system optimization technology, which is also an engineering discipline involving improvement and innovation. This paper presents the discipline development of industrial engineering in China and worldwide, as well as the key points and difficulties in the reform of industrial engineering education. A framework of quantitative assessment is then proposed for industrial engineering education reform. The multi-stage task evaluation method and importance analysis theory are introduced into educational quality management of industrial engineering for the first time. It can evaluate the whole teaching activities such as teaching, competition and practice. The author expects to give ideas of effective solutions ways to achieve successful reform for industrial engineering. It may also provide reference framework and methods to support the education reform of other related majors.


Education reform Framework Industrial engineering Innovation Quantitative assessment 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial supports for this research from the Shaanxi Higher Education Teaching Reform Research Project (No. 15BY07) and the 111 Project (No. B13044).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shuai Zhang
    • 1
  • Jun-qiang Wang
    • 1
  • Zhi-qiang Cai
    • 1
  • Heng-yi Gao
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina

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