Washington Accord - Congruent Balanced Scorecard for Electronics Engineering Educational Management Using Structural Equation Modeling

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Conjoining the management tool called balanced scorecard with the educational concept of student outcomes (SOs); this research developed a balanced scorecard for Electronics Engineering (ECE) that can help aid in managing a sustainable ECE program based on sound educational management principles that are congruent to Washington Accord quality assurance practices. The Delphi technique and the unstructured interview method with a panel of experts were employed in determining and fine-tuning the metrics for each of the major components of the balanced scorecard until a consensus was reached. The survey method; on the other hand; was used in determining the attainment of the Washington Accord SOs of selected ECE higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Metro Manila. At 0.05 level of significance; the relationships of the various perspectives in the balanced scorecard with the Washington Accord SOs were determined using structural equation modelling. The study discovered that a significant difference exists in the level of practice of the selected ECE HEIs in the perspectives of financial; student; and learning and growth; but no significant difference in faculty and in internal school processes. Moreover; the study also revealed that the strongest student outcome was the “Knowledge Based for Engineering” which while the weakest was “Communication”; having only an evaluation of “Accomplished” instead of “Exemplary”. Except in the SO of Design; no significant difference was also found in the evaluation of the HEIs for the attainment of the Washington Accord SOs. In addition; it was also found out that significant relationships exist between perspectives in the balanced scorecard and the Washington Accord SO Evaluation. The paper presented recommendations that have implication in the management of Engineering HEIs which includes considering the structural equation model in establishing the congruence between the electronics engineering balanced scorecard and the attainment of the Washington Accord SOs.