New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a political and economic organization of ten Southeast Asian countries. Within that organization, the ASEAN University Network (AUN) works towards educational capacity building by conducting various programs and activities for institutions of higher education/learning, with a stated intent of working to achieve global standards. One primary mechanism is the Quality Assurance activity, usually referred to as AUN-QA. AUN-QA has worked to develop a regional style accreditation system, with significant influence via Europeans, and a number of countries within the ASEAN now have institutions with programs accredited by AUN-QA.
This paper will outline the similarities and differences of ASEAN University Network accreditation (AUN-QA)and ABET accreditation. Attendees will gain an understanding of the philosophical differences of ABET and AUN-QA accreditation and identify the similarities and differences between ABET's assessment and evaluation requirements and the AUN-QA model for program accreditation.
Discussion the similarities and differences of AUN-QA accreditation and ABET accreditation from both a philosophical viewpoint and a pragmatic viewpoint is both interesting and instructive. ABET’s approach is significantly different from that of AUN-QA’s approach and the comparison of the two leads to considerations about the purpose of accreditation, perceived difficulties of attaining it and the perceived value of attaining such accreditations. It becomes evident that the two approaches are not duplicative and one or the other, or both, may be useful to a program within in the ASEAN.
Danielson, S., & Nguyen, H. H. D., & Wigal, K. D. (2016, June), Comparison of AUN-QA and ABET Accreditation Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26531
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