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1 1 Committee on Global Accreditation Activities EAB Meeting – item 8 Moshe Kam, Chair CGAA New Brunswick, NJ – 15 November 2008

2 2 CGAA: Mission and Scope To identify and meet the accreditation needs of the profession, by assisting in the establishment, operation, development and implementation of accrediting bodies and accreditation procedures in engineering, computing and technology (ECT) worldwide. To coordinate transnational accreditation activities on behalf of the IEEE, including assistance to existing accrediting bodies, development of new accrediting bodies, and education about ECT accreditation.

3 3 2008 Members NameSectionRegionRole Moshe KamPhiladelphia2Chair Enrique AlvarezPeru9Member Ernesto Cuadros- Vargas Peru9Member Chandrabhan Sharma Trinidad and Tobago 9Member Eric TappertLehigh Valley2APC Chair Matej ZajcSlovenia8Member Xiaoxun ZhuXian10Member

4 4 Where do we operate now? China: Working Group on Education in China First meeting: November 2006 Peru: ICACIT The Caribbean: new accrediting body for programs taught in English T&T: West Indies University

5 5 International Accreditation: China In 2006 we established an accreditation working group in China Face-to-face meeting in November 2006 2007 Activities A major workshop on engineering accreditation in cooperation with CAST A translation of ABET accreditation materials into Chinese was completed by EAB Meetings with decision makers in various ministries

6 6 2007 Workshop (Beijing) 40 attendees Most are program evaluators in training IEEE: Bruce Eisenstein, Michael Lightner, Moshe Kam Engineers Ireland: Don McCloy Meetings at the Ministries of Personnel, Construction and Education

7 7 Ministry of Education Beijing 2007

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9 9 Beijing 2007 Bruce Eisenstein speaks Note the Engineers Ireland Logo

10 10 2008 Activities An accreditation workshop with CAST and the PRC Ministry of Education Beijing, 22 March 2008 240 attendees All fields of engineering A 4-hour event narrated by M. Lightner and M. Kam

11 11 Key observations from the 2008 workshop Attendees wanted to know how the ABET system works …but also what elements are difficult, expensive, time consuming Concern about the volume of work associated with ABET-style accreditation visits Desire to examine models that are not purely outcome based

12 12 Post-workshop requests CAST requested that we help Chinese program evaluators observe ABET visits in 2008 We coordinated the effort with ABET Visits take place during Fall 2008 We do not expect major activities in China in 2009 unless our volunteers there request to renew the bottom up pilot plan

13 13 General observations on our activities in China We were successful in establishing our credentials with the Chinese authorities Excellent relationships with CAST Probably the closest relationship of CAST with a non- Chinese association Good relationships with other entities involved Our workshops have been an eye opener to many decision makers in China We have been less successful in energizing our volunteers in China This is a concern that we need to address

14 14 International Accreditation: Peru IEEE is providing on-going assistance to the Peruvian accrediting body ICACIT ICACIT was formed in the early 2000s In December 2006 we have provided the first non- US EAB training for program evaluators in Peru Instructional material developed Mario Gonzalez prepared and delivered We provided a complete translation of ABET materials into Spanish We are also maintaining a website for ICACIT

15 15 Training session for Peruvian program evaluators, December 2006 Lima, December 2006

16 16 Activities in Peru in 2007 First Draft of the governance documents and structure of ICACIT A second training workshop for program evaluators in Arequipa Mario Gonzalez prepared and delivered Planning with the leadership of ICACIT toward the first independent visit

17 17 Arequipa, December 2007

18 18 Arequipa, December 2007

19 19 Activities Planned for 2008 (original) Accreditation manuals Engineering, Technology, Computing Appointment of 20 Program Evaluators Staffing of the accreditation committees The first series of independent accreditation visits by ICACIT should take place in 2009

20 20 Actual Developments ICACIT is seeking a series of joint accreditation visits with ABET Extensive correspondence and meetings between ICACIT and ABET Under these circumstances additional EAB activities appear unnecessary at the present time Future ICACIT-related activities will await requests from the Peru Section

21 21 Caribbean Accreditation Council for Engineering and Technology

22 22 Scope English speaking Caribbean An effort requiring 3-6 years and the consent and participation of all major constituencies A collaboration of… Academic institutions and the faculty Industry, especially employers of engineers and technologists Governmental bodies and regulators

23 23 Desired Final Outcome A fully functional stable accrediting body operating wherever there is a higher education institute in the Caribbean Membership of the accrediting body in the Washington Accord

24 24 Activities so far Preliminary review of goals and desired outcomes April 2007, UWI, Trinidad Meeting of representatives from the English-speaking Caribbean September 2007, Trinidad Stakeholder meeting 7-8 April 2008, Puerto Rico

25 25 CACETs Founding Meeting (1) On 7-8 April 2008, San Juan PR Hosted by IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Name of the accrediting agency Caribbean Accreditation Council for Engineering and Technology (CACET)

26 26 CACETs Founding Meeting (2) Twenty seven (27) leaders of governmental accrediting agencies, licensing bodies, universities, and professional associations Representing seven (7) English-speaking countries in the Caribbean A joint declaration establishing the Council as part of CARICOM. IEEE was represented by Moshe Kam, Chandrabhan Sharma, and Pedro Ray

27 27 CACET met in Guyana in October 2008 Meetings with the Prime Minister of Guyana and the General Secretary of CARICOM Main achievement: CARICOM is willing to treat CACET in the same way it treats the new accrediting body for Medicine in the Caribbean Requested CACET input on model law on Engineering registration October 2008 meetings with CARICOM and the Government of Guyana

28 28 Meeting with PM Sam Hinds

29 29 The Road Ahead CACET will be housed in Trinidad until discussions with CARICOM are completed In 2009 EAB will continue supporting meetings …and, if needed, observers/visitors in CACET accreditation visits We will probably have a March 2009 meeting including PEV training Dependent on the timetable of accreditation documents

30 30 What else will we do in 2009? Explore assistance to volunteers in Thailand Explore proposals for regional accreditation bodies in South America and parts of Africa Workshop on trends in accreditation Third quarter, in Region 8 Promote Accreditation Policy and FPD in Engineering Policy to members of accrediting bodies worldwide

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32 32 The New Portal on Accreditation (1) Explanation of accreditation, the accreditation process, basic terminology A list with links to all recognized accrediting bodies in the world Including the program they accredit When applicable, a search capability tied with TryEngineering

33 33 The New Portal on Accreditation (2) Mutual recognition agreements Who has signed them Full text Common interpretation What does this agreement mean to you? Selected bibliography

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35 35 Questions or Comments

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