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Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering Accreditation: A Viable Option for 2-Year Programs and their Pursuit of Excellence

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

Curriculum Development in Two-Year Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs

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Two Year College Division

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Robert A. Chin East Carolina University

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Robert A. ”Bob” Chin is a member of the Department of Technology Systems faculty, College of Engineering and Technology, East Carolina University, where he has taught since 1986. He just completed his second term as the director of publications for the Engineering Design Graphics Division and the Engineering Design Graphics Journal editor. Chin has also served as the Engineering Design Graphics Division’s annual and mid-year conference program chair, and he has served as a review board member for several journals including the EDGJ. He has been a program chair for the Southeastern Section and has served as the Engineering Design Graphics Division’s vice chair and chair and as the Instructional Unit’s secretary, vice chair, and chair. His ongoing involvement with ASEE has focused primarily on annual conference paper presentation themes associated with the Engineering Design Graphics, the Engineering Technology, and the New Engineering Educators Divisions and their education and instructional agendas. Chin is also a trained ATMAE accreditation visiting team member, team chair, and consultant.

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Sharon Marie Rouse Mitchell Community College

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Sharon Rouse has been a member of the Mitchell Community College faculty since 2000 and became their Director of Engineering in 2012. She was responsible for quality assurance and research and development when employed by Ingersoll Rand; quality assurance when employed by Matsushita Compressor Corporation of American, Panasonic; and was a quality technician, tooling technician, and trainer when employed by Engineered Sintered Components. She is leading the ATMAE accreditation efforts at Mitchell Community College.

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An examination of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering’s accreditation policies, procedures, and standards, and a descriptive study of the 2-year technology programs/options accredited by the Association was undertaken.

According to the Association, all the 2-year technology programs accredited by the Association were aligned with one of nine two-digit series CIP codes with the majority reporting that their programs were aligned with the 15.XXXX 2-digit series CIP codes—Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields. All these programs were also aligned with one of eleven different 4-digit series CIP codes. However, almost 50 percent of the programs reported that their programs were aligned with the 15.06XX 4-digit series CIP codes—Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians. Moreover, all the programs that reported that they were aligned with the 15.XXXX 2-digit series CIP codes, were aligned with twenty different 6-digit series CIP codes with the majority being aligned with the 15.0612 6-digit CIP code—Industrial Technology/Technician.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation says of the Association’s scope of accreditation that it includes associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs in technology, applied technology, engineering technology, and technology-related disciplines delivered at national or regional accredited institutions in the United States. The Council has also concluded that the Association’s accreditation standards and processes are consistent with the academic quality, improvement, and accountability expectations the Council has established.

The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering is also supported by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, whose mission is to provide a collaborative forum and a collective voice for organizations that assure the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools. The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors has noted that the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering closely examines and evaluates measures of learning or competence that are fundamental to the discipline or profession.

Accreditation by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering is a viable option for 2-year technology programs interested in furthering their pursuit of excellence: for ensuring quality and for fostering a culture of ongoing improvement.

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