IEEE has launched a new Web site that makes it easier to find accreditation information on educational programs in engineering, technology, and computing (ETC). Accreditation.org was developed in partnership with IBM and the New York Hall of Science. It’s aimed at anyone who wants to know whether an ETC program has been accredited. Accreditation helps assure the quality of an academic program; programs are peer-reviewed at regular intervals and measured against criteria developed by one of a number of accreditation agencies.
“IEEE wanted to present the highly scattered and distributed information on accreditation of ETC programs worldwide in one place, to provide a one-stop shop for all accreditation-related matters,” says IEEE Fellow Moshe Kam, chair of IEEE’s Committee of Global Accreditation Activities. “In this manner, a global view of accreditation becomes easier to develop, and the interrelations between educational systems and accreditation agencies can be explored.”
LOTS OF LINKS The site lists accrediting bodies, with links to their Web sites and governing documents. Visitors can search by country, region, state, setting (urban or rural), degree field, tuition range, size of student body, or name. Search results contain links to each school’s home page, its engineering college or department, and to the school’s admissions office. Information such as the university’s location, the number of student slots available, and any special accommodations offered is also provided.
An individual who graduates from an educational program in one country can use the Mutual Recognition Agreements link to identify whether another country recognizes the degree and considers it equivalent to a corresponding qualification offered there. Kam is particularly proud of a function called Find a University that lets users identify accredited programs relevant to their interests anywhere in the world.
“If you are looking for an accredited program in telecommunications in France or a chemical engineering program in Arkansas, Accreditation.org will include an updated list of accredited programs, along with key statistics about them and where to obtain additional information or enroll,” he says.
For those who aren’t familiar with accreditation, there’s an introduction to the philosophy and procedures of accreditation, along with supporting documents, including books and articles.