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Path to Accreditation for Engineering Programs in Latin America through Coordinated and Tailored Support: The Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) Par Amigo Initiative

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Accreditation, Program Evaluation, and Education Resource's Impact in Latin America

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International

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

23.958.1 - 23.958.10

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https://peer.asee.org/22343

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Zenaida Otero Gephardt Rowan University

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Zenaida Otero Gephardt is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University where she has served as Director and Assistant Dean of Engineering. Her major interests are in experimental design, data analysis and multi-phase systems. She teaches fluid mechanics, unit operations and process dynamics and control. Dr. Gephardt is Chair-elect of the AIChE Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC) and is Vice President for Accreditation of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI). She also serves on the board of the AIChE-Delaware Valley Section and is its immediate past president. Dr. Gephardt holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Delaware and conducts workshops and consults in the areas of experimental design and data analysis for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

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Maria M. Larrondo-Petrie Florida Atlantic University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-2354-4986

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Dr. Maria Larrondo Petrie is the Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), and Associate Dean of International Affairs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science of Florida Atlantic University, and Professor of Computer Engineering.

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Mariana Archibold CONEAUPA

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Abstract

Engineering programs throughout the world have accepted the challenge of educating the globalengineer. The required standards in technical, communication and social skills for globalengineers must be integrated into the cultural context of engineering programs in differentcountries. Internationally recognized accreditation is an important way for programs to not onlyguarantee quality, and contribute to regional capacity building and economic development, butalso to develop the continuous improvement and assessment tools that strengthen engineeringprograms. These tools are essential in the development of engineering programs that can educatethe global engineer of the future. The Par Amigo Initiative developed by the Latin American andCaribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) is a vehicle to assist engineeringprograms in the selection of an accreditation agency, the preparation for accreditation,completion of the self-study and preparation for the accreditation site visit. The initiative willlink engineering programs and colleagues with accreditation expertise who can speak theirlanguage and understand their culture. LACCEI is not and does not aspire to engage in programaccreditation. The purpose of the Par Amigo Initiative is to assist engineering programs in LatinAmerica to select an accrediting agency and successfully complete the accreditation process. ThePar Amigo Initiative will be described. The LACCEI developed training for program participantsand its collaboration with accrediting agencies will be highlighted. The Par Amigo Initiative ispart of the accreditation activities supported by the Organization of American States/Engineering for the Americas (OAS/EftA).

Gephardt, Z. O., & Larrondo-Petrie, M. M., & Archibold, M. (2013, June), Path to Accreditation for Engineering Programs in Latin America through Coordinated and Tailored Support: The Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) Par Amigo Initiative Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22343

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