Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission Statement

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at St. Cloud State University continues the tradition of excellence and opportunity by providing advanced instruction and training for its students emphasizing practical aspects of electrical and computer engineering to meet the needs of the regional and state economies. This mission is fulfilled by achieving the Educational Objectives and Departmental Objectives.

Educational Objectives

The objectives are based on the departmental mission and the perceived needs of our constituents, and consistent with the mission and vision of the institution and college.

  1. Our graduates will successfully practice their chosen profession in electrical/computer engineering or related fields.
    We define “successfully practice” as demonstrating one or more of the following attributes:
    • Technically independent
    • Taking on increasingly complex tasks
    • Developing solutions to important problems
  2. Our graduates will practice their chosen career in a professional manner.
    We will train and encourage graduates who:
    • Demonstrate communication skills on the job
    • Participate collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams
    • Continue their education after graduation
    • Practice engineering in an ethical manner
    • Are active in professional or community organizations outside of work

Program Educational Objectives last reviewed April 2012.

Departmental Objectives

  1. The department will implement a program of continuous improvement to insure that our degree programs are of high quality and relevant to our constituencies.
  2. The department will maintain appropriate accreditations for our programs, and encourage participation in college and university accreditation activities.
  3. The department will pursue and maintain ties to industry and other institutions.
  4. The department will create an environment that values teaching effectiveness, scholarship, research, professional service and study in order to meet the above goals.


Engineering programs must demonstrate that their students attain the following outcomes:

  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.