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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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