June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.1035.1 - 11.1035.8
Progress of the ASEE Accreditation Activities Committee (ASEE/AAC)
Programs in General Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Physics, Engineering Science and Engineering Technology have in the past been designated “non-traditional” by ABET. These programs lacked formal affiliation with specific professional societies for accreditation purposesi. Consequently, the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) assigned Program Evaluators (PEVs) from diverse disciplines, usually according to the “specialties” or “areas of emphasis” identified by each program. In most cases, the assigned PEVs understood the unique features of the non- traditional programs and proficiently completed the ABET evaluations. Still, each of these evaluators had been trained for evaluations of programs in specific disciplines and such exceptional visits required that they suspend their experienced judgment and discipline-specific preferences during their assignments. Thus faculty and administrators in several “non- traditional” programs expressed dissatisfaction with program evaluations, especially in terms of PEV knowledge and experience. This dissatisfaction was one factor that led to an interest in the establishment of formal affiliations with appropriate professional groups for accreditation processes. Another important factor is that the negative definition “non-traditional” did not adequately describe the programs, which led the participants in such programs to request the designation “multidisciplinary.”
Development of outcomes-based criteria in the 1990s underscored the lack of society representation of such programs. The programs lacked formal representation in discussions regarding all aspects of the EC 2000 1 criteria. The non-traditional programs clearly needed an effective and responsive voice in the establishment of their own criteria and requirements. Without this voice, the non-traditional programs could be subject to external judgments and mandates.
Development of Interest in ASEE as a Lead Society
The origin of the idea to have ASEE seek designation as “Lead Society” for these multidisciplinary programs is not clear, but it certainly was suggested in the late 1990s if not before. For a while, there was little if any interest. Then, two entities concurrently proposed the establishment of the ASEE as lead society for multidisciplinary programs: the ASEE President and Board and the Multidisciplinary Engineering Constituent Committee. 1) ASEE Leadership ASEE is the largest engineering society in the world to include representatives from all engineering disciplines. The society’s activities, focused on improving engineering and engineering technology education, involve exchange of best practices across the corporate and academic sectors both nationally and internationally. ASEE members actively seek a voice in activities influencing excellence in educational practice. The society is a Charter Member of
i Such affiliation is known as “Lead Society” representation within ABET.
Gosink, J., & Kerns, S., & Weese, J., & Jones, E. (2006, June), Progress Of The Asee Accreditation Activities Committee (Asee/Aac) Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/848
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