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1 1 Committee on Global Accreditation Activities 21 June 2008 Moshe Kam, Chair CGAA Denver, Colorado

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 expected Fall 2008

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 Action Item ACTION: Xiaoxun Zhu to contact WGEC leaders to see how we can continue the volunteer effort ACTION: Xiaoxun Zhu to contact Shanghai Section to assess interest

15 15 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

16 16 Training session for Peruvian program evaluators, December 2006 Lima, December 2006

17 17 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

18 18 Arequipa, December 2007

19 19 Arequipa, December 2007

20 20 Activities Planned for 2008 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

21 21 Action Items ACTION: Sharon Strock to send updated translations of the ABET PEV Criteria for the 2008- 2009 to Enrique Alvarez, Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas and Corali Ferrer Rodriguez so they can examine the documents for correctness ACTION: Moshe Kam to convene a small group to address computing program terminology in South America ACTION: Enrique Alvarez and Moshe Kam to discuss the possibility of establishing a multi-national accreditation council in South America

22 22 Caribbean Accreditation Council for Engineering and Technology

23 23 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

24 24 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

25 25 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

26 26 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)

27 27 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

28 28 Current status CACET is waiting to become a recognized body with a budget from CARICOM In the meantime CACET will be housed in Trinidad In 2008-2009 EAB will continue supporting meetings and, if needed, observers/visitors in CACET accreditation visits

29 29 Action Items ACTION: Chandrabhan Sharma to organize a group of key CACET members to discuss the next steps for CACET (October 2008 in Guyana) Topics to include: timeline and administrative structure; composition of visiting groups ACTION: EAB and CACET to organize additional meetings in March 2009 and late 2009

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31 31 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

32 32 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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34 34 Additional Action Items Promotion of and addition of references Planning of a 2009 workshop on accreditation Location convenient for new programs in the Middle East Promotion of Accreditation Policy and FPD in Engineering Policy to members of accrediting bodies worldwide

35 35 Even More Action Items… Letter to Regions 8 and 10 concerning what IEEE can offer in the area of accreditation Preliminary examination of potential EAB activities at the university level in Thailand (accreditation) Malawi and Swaziland Vietnam (program building)

36 36 Questions or Comments

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