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Engineering Technology Accreditation: Avoid the Pitfalls and Be Prepared

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Focus on ETAC Accreditation

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Engineering Technology

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Barbara L. Christe State University of New York

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Barbara Christe is a professor and the Dean of the School of Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College, recently arriving on Long Island after 20 years at Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a clinical engineer with degrees in biomedical engineering, she has authored several books exploring the branch of engineering technology that supports the safe and effective use of medical equipment in the clinical setting. In addition, Dr Christe’s research has explored the experiences of STEM learners in an effort to understand persistence and to support academic success. Her goal to promote degree attainment, especially by under-represented learners, including women, is well-matched to the Farmingdale campus mission.

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Scott C. Dunning University of Maine

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Dr. Scott Dunning is the Director of the School of Engineering Technology at the University of Maine. He serves as the academic dean for approximately five hundred students and directs four engineering technology programs. He is a Fellow of ABET and previously served as Chair of the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. He is the Chair of the Engineering Technology Council of ASEE. He is also a Fellow of AEE and past President of the Association of Energy Engineers.

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Developing a self-study to submit for program accreditation review can be a daunting task. It requires academic programs to step back and look at their educational process with a critical eye. Administrators often look for outside guidance on ways to improve their process and to best present their approach to developing strong student learners. The authors of this paper are engineering technology administrators with many years of experience leading successful program accreditation visits. The paper will present the most common shortcomings identified during engineering technology program review. In addition, the authors will share tips and best practices to assist educators in developing robust continuous improvement processes that will meet rigorous accreditation requirements. The paper will include suggestions for program planning throughout the accreditation life-cycle.

Christe, B. L., & Dunning, S. C. (2020, June), Engineering Technology Accreditation: Avoid the Pitfalls and Be Prepared Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34564

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