June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
ASEE International Forum
21.14.1 - 21.14.14
Are Australian and American Engineering Education Programs the Same? The Similarities and Differences between Australian and American Engineering Accreditation Procedures AbstractOne of the principal objectives for engineering education accreditation standards throughout theworld is to maintain the international quality of our engineering graduates. However, most of theworld's engineering education accreditation guidelines are administered by organizations that areregulated at the national level. At many steps in the Australian and United States accreditationprocesses there are similarities between the engineering education accreditation standards andprocedures administered by ABET in the United States, and by The Institution of Engineers inAustralia. But, there are also many differences. This paper is a comparative study that assessesthe major differences and similarities between the two different engineering educationaccreditation infrastructures in Australia and the United States. Although in many cases therequired standards for the graduate are very similar, the methods by which those standards areassessed throughout the course of accreditation processes differs substantially. The applicationfor accreditation, the accreditation assessment procedures and the duration of accreditationtenure are all different between the two countries, and yet similar in structure. In both countries,the accreditation process is primarily directed at assuring the competence of graduates from alladministered education providers. Accreditation is also a domestic requirement for ProfessionalEngineering domestic certification and licensure in both Australia and the United States. Due tothe focus of engineering education accreditation regulatory bodies being focused on nationalissues, certification and licensure, the broader picture of international standards of engineeringaccreditation received less attention. There are multiple accords that allow for reciprocalrecognition of Professional Engineering certification and licensure throughout the industrializedworld. But, the standards and procedures of the engineering education accreditationinfrastructure are not standardized at the international level. This paper analyzes thosedifferences in engineering education accreditation procedures between two countries that havewell-developed engineering education systems, namely Australia and the United States.
Grenquist, S., & Hadgraft, R. G. (2013, June), Are Australian and American Engineering Education Programs the Same? The Similarities and Differences between Australian and American Engineering Accreditation Procedures Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/17219
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