The OAS-EftA/LACCEI accreditation workshops: Evolving with Latin America and the caribbean for quality assurance, capacity building and economic development

Zenaida Otero Gephardt, Maria M.Larrondo Petrie, Gisela Coto Quintana, Oscar Harasic, Ivan Enrique Esparragoza

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Accreditation is an essential element in the standardization of global engineering education and is a means of quality assurance for engineering programs and their graduates. For developing countries, this is especially important if they are to play a significant role in the development of global engineers who can be strong contributors to the world economy. The Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) and Engineering for the Americas (EftA), has developed and presented accreditation workshops at its annual conference for the last five years. The accreditation workshops have included efforts from several institutions and sponsors. These workshops provide a framework to help institutions of higher education prepare for accreditation, select an accreditation model, and implement procedures to meet accreditation requirements. This work describes the evolution of the OAS-EftA/LACCEI accreditation workshops and their impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. The key components of the workshops applicable to institutions throughout the world are highlighted. The program under development to assist institutions to prepare for accreditation, select the best accreditation method, identify and select peer-evaluators and peer-assistants, and implement accreditation procedures that integrate accreditation requirements with cultural considerations is described. These workshops provide an infrastructure to promote accreditation that is transferable worldwide and serves to enhance capacity building, economic development and to promote global engineering education and quality assurance in engineering programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2010

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Accreditation
Quality assurance
Economics
Engineering education
Developing countries
Standardization
Education

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