June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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From Conception to Accreditation: The Path of an Engineering Technology Program AbstractThe Information Engineering Technology (IET) program at XXX College was created in 2009.From its conception, a main goal of the institution was the attainment of ABET accreditation. Tothat end, the Department of Engineering followed several initiatives that included: 1) facultyrecruitment and training on ABET assessment; 2) the incorporation of an external advisory boardto tailor the IEEE/ACM guidelines for IET programs to the local needs; 3) partnership with theindustry (Google, Cisco, local labs and businesses); 4) support from local and federal agencies;and 5) the development of a curriculum that follows the principles of the Wright State Model,that is suitable for a rural, underserved, high-poverty area, where more than 70% of freshmanstudents require remedial education. In October of 2014, the IET was accredited by ETACCommission of ABET, with the next comprehensive review being scheduled by 2019. This paperdescribes the five initiatives listed above, which permitted XXX College to be the first to offeran ABET accredited program in the northern part of the state of XXX. With a 3.5 FTE facultymembers, the paper also includes best practices to optimize human capital (faculty) to complywith ABET criteria. Finally, the impact of the program in recent graduates, in terms of job offersand their salaries are presented.
Crichigno, J., & Lopez Hurtado, I., & Peralta, R. R., & Perez, A. J. (2015, June), From Conception to Accreditation: The Path of an Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24138
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