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Engineering Program Accreditation in Latin America and the Caribbean

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2015 ASEE International Forum


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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Concurrent Paper Tracks - Session II

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19.15.1 - 19.15.12



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Maria M. Larrondo-Petrie Florida Atlantic University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Larrondo Petrie has a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and is a Professor and Associate Dean of International Affairs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science of Florida Atlantic University. She is the Executive Director of LACCEI (Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions) and served in the past as an officer of the International Division of ASEE (American Society of Engineering Institutions). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Engineering Education, forms part of the International Advisory Board to the Journal of Engineering Education published by ASEE, and is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Education Society's Iberian-American publication, called RITA because of its acronym in Spanish. She is Chair of Engineering Education Initiatives in EftA (OAS Engineering for the Americas) and organizes the annual Engineering for the Americas Encuentro (in English: Encounter). She is part of the Education Committee of UPADI (in English: Pan American Federation of Engineering Associations), serves of the Board of ASIBEI (Iberian-American Engineering Education Association), and in the past served as First Vice President of IFEES (International Federation of Engineering Societies)

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Engineering Program Accreditation in Latin America and the CaribbeanThe International Engineering Accreditation Alliance (IEA) [1] is formed by thesignatories of the six international agreements governing mutual recognition ofqualifications and professional competence of engineers. Washington Accordrecognizes substantial equivalence in professional engineering degrees (normallya 4 years degree). The Sydney Accord recognizes substantial equivalence inengineering technology degrees (normally a 3 year). The Dublin Accord providesthe same for engineering technician degree (normally 2 years). There are threeother agreements that cover competence standards for individual practicingengineers (the APEC Engineer Agreement, the International ProfessionalEngineers Agreement, and the International Engineering TechnologistAgreement). This paper will focus on engineering program accreditation, notcredentialing of individual engineers.None of the engineering program accreditation agencies in Latin America and theCaribbean are members of the IEA. There are different strategies used to provideaccess to engineering program accreditation or quality assurance to universities inthe Latin America and Caribbean. These are examined, and a summary of thestate of engineering program accreditation in the region will be presented.[1] “International Engineering Alliance: Working Together to AdvanceBenchmarking and Mobility in the Engineering Profession,” accessed January 30,2015 at

Larrondo-Petrie, M. M. (2015, June), Engineering Program Accreditation in Latin America and the Caribbean Paper presented at 2015 ASEE International Forum, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--17138

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