IEEE Committee on Global Accreditation Activities Summary of May 6, 2011 Conference Call Members Present: Saurabh Sinha (chair), Enrique Alvarez, Bakr Hassan, Prasad Kodali, Rich Painter Guest: Teofilo Ramos Staff Present: Doug Gorham, Chuck Hickman, Sadiq Mitchell 1. March 1 Meeting Summary The committee voted approval of the March 1 meeting summary. 2. Action Register Committee members and staff reported on various items in the action register. 3. Web Updates Chuck Hickman reported that a joint work group of selected members of the CGAA and the EAB Editorial Board for Engineering, Technology and Computing Portals will be formed to work with staff in addressing a series of issues concerning listings on accreditation.org. Hickman said the core issue is how to collect, classify and display information about accrediting agencies and accredited programs in a manner that is easy for end-users to access, while accurately capturing sometimes complicated differences in the nature of the accrediting organizations and their processes. Whether (and how) to distinguish between “independent” accreditation organizations and those affiliated with national governments; whether to continue listings of some organizations that appear to provide only institutional accreditation, and others that appear not to have accredited any school or program; how to properly describe and depict regional recognition systems such as EUR-ACE and ARCU-SUR; better ways to obtain current information on accredited programs from some organizations; and how to position new accrediting organizations that do not have a website, are among the topics for work group review. CGAA members wishing to serve on the work group are encouraged to contact Saurabh Sinha or Hickman. Hickman also directed the attention of committee members to the new committee webpage, and invited feedback on its content. http://www.ieee.org/education_careers/education/accreditation/global_accreditation/index.ht ml 4. Project Updates a. Eastern/Southern Africa. Sinha and Doug Gorham reported on plans for an invitational meeting on collaboration among engineering societies in eastern and southern Africa, which will be held in Swaziland on May 20-21. Approximately 12 to 15 individuals representing seven different nations are expected to participate. Sinha, Moshe Kam and Gorham will attend on behalf of the CGAA. Because of differences in current conditions among engineering degree programs in the various nations, program sessions will focus primarily on capacity building. Sinha and Gorham said regional accreditation activity appears to be a long-range project. b. Gulf Region. Bakr Hassan said the latest version of a position statement and cover letter about possible formation of a regional accrediting body in the Gulf Region is now circulating among work group members. Feedback received by May 20 will be folded into a final version of these documents, which will then be shared with relevant government, academic and professional society leaders for comment. c. Latin America. Enrique Alvarez said a motion was approved at the Region 9 meeting calling for the formation of a work group to explore the possible focus and structure of an accreditation advisory organization for Latin America. Antonio Ferreria will chair the group, and other members will be selected shortly. Alvarez and Teofilo Ramos described ARCU-SUR, a recently formed process that involves several South American nations, and which provides mutual recognition of degree programs (including those in engineering) that are accredited by local organizations. ARCU-SUR draws from a shared pool of program evaluators, and each visit team has multi-national representation. d. Nomenclature Workshop. Ramos described the recent workshop on common nomenclature for computing programs in Latin America. At present, there is no shared nomenclature to describe degree programs in different nations within the region, and content also varies significantly across geographic boundaries. Workshop participants sought to develop a classification scheme for different categories of degree programs, terms to describe each, and a “mapping document” aimed at helping each school classify its program(s) within the proposed categories. A draft of the workshop report is now being circulated among participants, and a final version will be sent to an extensive distribution list of organizations and individuals created with input by the group. Rich Painter emphasized the need to for the CGAA to exert more active “ownership” of follow-up activity to the workshop, the need to develop a more complete and ongoing dissemination and promotion plan for the report, and to track response. e. CACET. Hickman said the first CACET accreditation visit was staged at the chemical engineering department of the University of West Indies in April, and that three more visits are scheduled for later in 2011. Experience from these visits will help inform CACET about additional steps needed to improve the program evaluator screening and training process, and what additional efforts should be made to help applicant programs understand CACET accreditation criteria and information requirements. He said an upcoming CACET Board meeting will also address issues related to strategic planning, governance and financial sustainability. Chandrabhan Sharma and Kam will be participants in this event. f. India. Prasad Kodali said that papers from ten speakers at the January IEEE/NAAC accreditation workshop were recently sent to IEEE. Hickman added that most papers from IEEE authors have also been received, and that work is underway to convert all papers to appropriate IEEE Xplore format. Once the proceedings are in final form, staff will work with Kodali and NAAC to develop a promotion plan to create awareness about the publication among constituents in India. g. China. Gorham said that MOUs to conduct program evaluation visits to Beijing Jiaotong University and Southeast University are now in process. He voiced hope that both visits will occur in fall, 2011. 5. Next Meeting Sinha said that the next meeting of the committee will focus on strategic issues. Creating more systematic methods of planning and budgeting for program initiatives, and for sharing “lessons learned” among various national/regional IEEE accreditation outreach efforts will be among items considered. Committee members will be contacted by Doodle poll to set a date for this session.
Pages to are hidden for
"GCAA meeting summary May 2011 - IEEE"Please download to view full document