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					Accreditation Process
      Purpose of the ATMAE
      Accreditation Process
 Explainthe procedures for the ATMAE
 accreditation process
          Why Accreditation?
 The goal of accreditation is to ensure that
  education provided by programs and institutions
  of higher education meets acceptable levels of
 Accrediting agencies develop evaluation criteria
  and conduct evaluations to assess whether or
  not those criteria are met.
 Institutions and/or programs that request an
  agency’s evaluation and that meet an agency’s
  criteria are then “accredited” by that agency.
     The Value of Accreditation
          to Stakeholders
 Students  – accreditation provides a
 measure of educational quality and in
 many cases, helps facilitate a student’s
 academic progression, including transfer
 credit from one institution to another.
    The Value of Accreditation
         to Stakeholders
 Lawmakers  – accreditation provides
 assurance that educational programs are
 evaluated against nationally accepted
 standards and that program graduates are
 competent for entry into the workplace or
 for advanced practice.
    The Value of Accreditation
         to Stakeholders
 Educators  and Practitioners –
 accreditation provides validation of the
 education program, as well as the
 opportunity for academic administrators,
 faculty and practitioners to build
 consensus on expected learning outcomes
 and graduate competencies.
    The Value of Accreditation
         to Stakeholders
 Employers  – accreditation assures
 prospective employers that graduates
 come from a program or school where the
 content and quality satisfy established
       Functions of Accreditation
   Verifies that a program meets established
   Assists prospective students in identifying
    acceptable institutions;
   Assists institutions in determining the
    acceptability of transfer credits;
   Helps to identify institutions and programs for
    the investment of public and private funds;
   Protects an institution against harmful internal
    and external pressure;
       Functions of Accreditation
   Fosters continuous improvement by measuring
    programs against national standards and their own
    stated missions and goals;
   Involves the institution’s stakeholders or communities of
    interest in institutional evaluation and planning;
   Sets a competency threshold for regulators to use when
    establishing criteria for entry into practice, including
    eligibility for professional certification and/or licensure;
   Provides a sound basis for determining eligibility for
    Federal assistance.
           Mission of ATMAE

The Association of Technology, Management, and
Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is faculty, students,
and industry professionals dedicated to solving
complex technological problems and developing the
competitive technologist and applied engineering
          Vision of ATMAE

The Association of Technology, Management, and
Applied Engineering (ATMAE) sets standards for
academic program accreditation, personal
certification, and professional development for
educators and industry professionals involved in
integrating technology, leadership and design.
Historical Highlights of ATMAE
  1965 - Initial Meeting at Kent State University
  1967 - NAIT Incorporated in Ohio
  1973 - Accreditation Program Approved by COPA
  1974 - First Four Programs Accredited
  1982 - NAIT Voluntarily Withdraws from COPA
  1987 - Four Standing Divisions Approved
  1989 - Accreditation Program Approved by USDE
  1990 - NAIT Accredits First Associate Level Program
  1994 - USDE Requires “Gatekeeper” Status for Agencies
  1997 - Membership in ASPA Approved
  2002 – NAIT Becomes “Recognized” by CHEA
  2009 – NAIT becomes ATMAE
  Organizational Structure of


  Four Year                    Two Year                       Industry                     Student
  Academic                     Academic                     Representative              Representative
Representative               Representative

                 Chair of NIAC                Past Chair Non-                  Executive
                                                   Voting                    Director Non-
        Purpose of ATMAE
 Theprimary purpose is to provide
 recognition of the attainment of certain
 professional goals and standards for
 Industrial Technology.

 Thesecondary purpose is to encourage
 others to strive toward these goals and
         Definition of
   Industrial Technology (IT)
Industrial Technology is a field of study
designed to prepare technical and/or
technical management-oriented
professionals for employment in business,
industry, education, and government.
     IT Program Components
 Humanities, and social and behavioral
  sciences, including communication skills.
 Mathematics, science, and computer
 Related technical and/or related disciplines
  such as management and marketing.
 Field of specialization.
    Associate Degree Programs
 Shall lead to the Associate Degree.
 Shall be within the ATMAE definition of
  Industrial Technology.
 Shall prepare individuals for positions that
  contribute to the design and development,
  production, distribution, or operational
  support of complex technical systems.
           Examples of
    Associate Degree Programs
   Examples of program names, in addition to
    Industrial Technology, include:
      Manufacturing Technology
      Electronics Technology
      Construction Technology
      Polymer Technology
            Examples of
     Associate Degree Programs
   Industrial Technology degree programs,
    designed for transfer to the baccalaureate level,
    are also considered
    Baccalaureate Degree
 Shall include at least the junior and senior
  years of instruction.
 Shall be designed to prepare management-
  oriented technical professionals.
 Shall prepare students for technical
  management positions in areas such as
  industrial planning, production, supply,
  product market research, and technical sales.
               Examples of
           Baccalaureate Degree
   Examples of program names, in addition to
    Industrial Technology, include:
       Computer Aided Design Technology
       Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology
       Packaging Technology
       Industrial Distribution
       Manufacturing/Production Technology
    Accreditation Authority
The ATMAE Constitution and Bylaws state
the “The Association shall…provide,
through an accreditation process, for
recognition of the attainment of
appropriate standards for Industrial
Technology programs in colleges and
       Functional Authority
The Board of Accreditation and the Accreditation
Personnel Committee are autonomous decision-
making authorities and decisions reached are
not subject to approval of any officers,
committees, or boards of the of the Technology,
Management, and Applied Engineering
Autonomous Relationship
 Executive            Board of
  Board             Accreditation

                  Personnel Committee

       Visiting Teams          Consultants
         Board of Accreditation
   Six members from the University Division
   Six members from the CCTI Division
   Six members from the Industry Division
   One member from the Student Division
   Up to three from a Program Sponsor
   Three members from the Lay Public
   Chair appointed by the Executive Board
       Board of Accreditation
 Approve institutional accreditation
  applications when referred
 Determine accreditation status and length of
 Determine special institutional requirements
     Accreditation Personnel
    Committee Responsibilities
 Approve team members, consultants, &
 Maintain official list of approved personnel
 Plan and conduct training sessions for team
  members and consultants
 Plan and conduct training sessions for
  institutional personnel
 Evaluate team members & consultants
       Typical Steps in the
      Accreditation Process

  1         4     5   6      7   8   9 10 11 12 13 14 15


1. Institution Decision           9. Develop On-Site Agenda
2. Institution Training          10. On-Site Visit
3. ATMAE Consultant              11. Visit Team Report Draft
4. Conduct Self-Study            12. Report to ATMAE Office
5. Apply for Accreditation       13. Board Reviews Report
6. Team Assignments              14. Board Hearings/Decision
7. Submit Self-Study             15. Appeal Options
8. Prepare for Team Visit
            Accreditation Periods
 Initial Accreditation - 4 years
 Re-accreditation - 6 Years
       If a program receives Non-Accreditation status, or
        if accreditation is dropped, the application for
        reinstatement will be considered as an initial
        application and the maximum period of
        accreditation granted will be four years.

1975       4

1977           7

1979                     16

1981                           22

1983                                     30

1985                                          33

1987                                               36

1989                                                38

1991                                                    39

1993                                                    40

1995                                                              47

1997                                                                    54

1999                                                                          59

2001                                                                                    65
                                                                                                                     Accredited Programs

2003                                                                                          72
                                                                                                                   Institutions with ATMAE

2005                                                                                                    79

2007                                                                                                     81
        ATMAE Accreditation
 Each institution and IT program is unique.
 Each IT program(s) and option(s) have their own
  long and short term goals.
 The long and short term goals determine the
  mission of the IT program(s) and option(s) at a
  given institution.
        ATMAE Accreditation
 The program mission must meet the
  definition of IT.
 The program(s) and option(s) must fulfill the
  accreditation standards that define IT for
  ATMAE accreditation.
    Associate and Baccalaureate
 Associate prefix is 5.X.X
 Baccalaureate prefix is 6.X.X
 Most of the Associate and Baccalaureate
  standards are the same unless a difference is
  Visiting Accreditation Teams
 Membership
     Each team consists of at least three members
     At least one team member must be an
      industry representative
     At least one team member must be from an
      institution offering programs at the level of the
      institution being visited
        Visiting Accreditation Teams
   Membership
       All team members must be members of ATMAE
       Team chair must have served on two visiting teams
        and have been approved by the Accreditation and
        Personnel Committee
       Team chair must complete Team Chair Orientation.
  Visiting Accreditation Teams
 Assignments      to Visiting Team
     Assigned by Accreditation Personnel
      Committee (APC)
     Institution reviews team member assignment
  Visiting Accreditation Teams
 Assignments       to Visiting Team
     APC tries to restructure team if unacceptable
     Institution may withdraw request if final team
      assignments are not acceptable
  Visiting Accreditation Teams
 Visiting   Team Responsibilities
     Review the institution’s Self-Study Report
     Conduct on-site visit to institution
     Prepare written report following guidelines
     Recommend status of accreditation
     Have chair or team member present at the
      Board of Accreditation hearings
  Visiting Accreditation Teams
 Visiting   Team Chair Responsibilities
     Work with institutional contact person to
      develop on-site schedule
     Assign team members to specific team
     Coordinate team activity during on-site visit
  Visiting Accreditation Teams
 Visiting   Team Chair Responsibilities
     Coordinate, edit, and submit final team report
     Evaluate performance of team members
     Represent team at Board of Accreditation
  Visiting Accreditation Teams
 Writing    the Visiting Team Report
     The Visiting Team Report shall be a
      qualitative assessment regarding the
      accuracy of the institutional self-study report
      and an analysis of program and option
      compliance with standards
     The Visiting Team Report does not contain
      recommendations on how the institution
      should rectify any deficiencies
 Board of Accreditation Hearings
 2.1.3   Board Meetings
     The Board is required to meet at the annual
      convention of the Association Technology,
      Management, and Applied Engineering.
      Other meetings may be called by the Chair of
      the Board of Accreditation
 Board of Accreditation Hearings
 Preparation      for Board Meeting
     The Executive Director will distribute visiting
      team reports, and institutional responses to
      those reports, to all members of the Board of
      Accreditation approximately 30 days prior to
      its annual meeting
 Board of Accreditation Hearings
 Attendance     at Board Meetings
     The head of the institution, or his/her
      representative, are requested to attend the
      Board meeting and briefly address the Board.
      The Chair of the visiting team or a team
      member will be requested to attend the Board
    Board of Accreditation Hearings
   Possible Board Actions
     Accreditation or Non-Accreditation
Board of Accreditation Hearings
    Accreditation: Meets or exceeds standards
    Accreditation with Two Year Report:
     Substantially meets standards but has minor
    Accreditation with Two Year Report and
     Visit: Substantially meets standards but has
     serious weaknesses
    Board of Accreditation Hearings
 Reporting      Board Actions
   The final action by the Board will be reported:
      Orally by the Board Chair during Board

      By letter by the Executive Director to the head

       of the institution, the head of the program
       visited, and the contact person.
      In Association publication and on the internet,

       if the action is to grant accreditation or
        Preparation of the Self-Study
   ATMAE Accredits Degree Programs
       Not Institutions
       Not Departments
      Preparation of the Self-Study
 Who’sInvolved in the Self-Study
     Self-study report(s) shall be completed by a
      representative portion of the institution’s
      administrative staff, teaching faculty, and
      Preparation of the Self-Study
 Organization     of Self-Study Reports
     A response to each standard is written for
      each program and option unless the
      information is the same for each program and
 Do   not forget about the resource room
ATMAE Accreditation Process and
 Consultants
     2.5 of Handbook
 Request    of Accreditation
     3.2 of Handbook
 Cost   of Accreditation
     3.6 of Handbook
Questions and Open Discussion

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