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  1. Overview of IEEE Educational Activities Litsa Micheli-Tzanakou Moshe Kam Douglas Gorham Educational Activities Board Meeting 14 February 2009 San Juan, Puerto Rico

  2. Agenda • EAB’s Mandate/Guiding Principles/Purpose • Pre-university Education activities • University Education activities • Continuing Education activities • Women In Engineering

  3. EAB’s Mandate • IEEE Constitution: • ARTICLE I - NAME, PURPOSE AND TERRITORY • Sec. 2.  Its purposes are: (a) scientific and educational…It shall endeavor to promote understanding of the influence of…technology on the public welfare. • By-Laws • The EAB shall be the IEEE interface in education-related matters with external bodies

  4. EAB’s MandateIEEE by-law I-304.3 • The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) shall… • Recommend to the Board of Directors policies on educational matters • Implement programs specifically intended to serve and benefit IEEE members in educational pursuits • And the engineering and scientific community, and the general public. 

  5. EAB’s Guiding Principles • IEEE is obligated to provide its members, and others concerned with IEEE’s technical fields of interest, with high quality educational opportunities • IEEE needs to educate and foster a dialog with the public on technological and engineering questions, with an emphasis on young people who may consider engineering as a career path

  6. EAB’s Duties • Broad planning of educational activities of the IEEE • Development and delivery of continuing education products and activities • Development of guidelines for IEEE representatives to accreditation bodies • Monitoring of accreditation activities • Coordination of pre-university education programs • Development and delivery of university education programs • Representation of the IEEE in matters regarding engineering education

  7. EAB’s Purpose • To provide members and others involved in IEEE’s technical fields of interest with high quality opportunities for education on these topics • To provide young people, and their teachers and parents, with opportunities to understand career paths in engineering and technology • To provide the profession’s perspective on all key aspects of higher education in IEEE technical fields of interest.

  8. Pre-University Education Activities

  9. Pre-university Activities • Objective: Increase the propensity of young people to select engineering as a career path • Sample activities: • The on-line portal www.TryEngineering.org • Teacher in-service program

  10. What is the Challenge? • Flat or declining engineering enrollments in most developed nations • Insufficient number of engineers and engineering educational programs in most developing countries • Asia is far behind Europe and the US in number of engineers per capita

  11. Engineering, Computer Science and IT Degrees in the US, China and India for 2003-2004 through 2005-2006 (per million citizens) Sources: Journal of Engineering Education(January 2008), Issues in Science and Technology (Spring 2007), and University of California, Berkeley – Forefront (Fall 2006)

  12. Percentage of Science Degrees Awarded Science degrees include life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, engineering, manufacturing, and building Source: Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development

  13. BS Degrees Awarded (US) Sources: National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Foundation

  14. What is the Challenge? • Women and minority students conspicuously under-represented • Public perception of engineers/ engineering/ technology is often misinformed • Resulting in early decisions that block the path of children to Engineering

  15. IEEE Board of Directors: 2005 decisions • Approved a new initiative in 2005 • Launching Our Children’s Path to Engineering • Requested review all IEEE activities in the area of pre-university education in Engineering, Technology, and Computing • Requested development of programs for wide outreach • in cooperation with other Engineering Associations and Industry • “Launch, test and institutionalize”

  16. TryEngineering.org A portal for school counselors, teachers, parents and students 16

  17. Most Requested Lesson Plans • Build your own robot arm • Series and Parallel Circuits • Pulleys and Force • Cracking the Code (bar codes) • Electric Messages • Critical Load (Civil Engineering)

  18. Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Canada France Germany India Ireland Japan Korea Malaysia Mexico New Zealand Pakistan Portugal Russia Singapore South Africa Switzerland Taiwan Turkey United Kingdom United States University Searches: 25 Countries

  19. Languages

  20. Teacher In Service Program“Engineering in the Classroom”

  21. The Teacher In Service Program (TISP) • A program that trains IEEE volunteers to work with pre-university teachers • Based on approved Lesson Plans • Prepared/reviewed by IEEE volunteers • Tested in classrooms • Designed to highlight engineering design principles

  22. How does it work? • Volunteers gather for a day and a half of training • With teachers and school administrators • Volunteers spread the program in their school districts • Section volunteers run a TISP training event • EAB provides logistical support and instructors

  23. 2008 Training Workshops • Córdoba, Argentina (R9) • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (R9) • Los Angeles, California (R6) • San Francisco, California (R6)

  24. University-level Activities

  25. University-level Activities • Objectives: • Improve academic curricula and ensure their purposeful adaptation to the changing technical and business climate • Improve delivery and effectiveness of engineering education • Improve retention of engineering and technology students

  26. Retention: Real World Engineering Projects • Develop new projects for first year students of EE, CE, CS and EET that… • Focus students on Real World problems with solutions that benefit society • Get students excited about their own, original creative solutions • Increase student retention through personal satisfaction and accomplishment • Enhance student accomplishment through achievement • www.realworldengineering.org/

  27. Accreditation

  28. IEEE’s Role in Accreditation (1) • IEEE considers accreditation a key vehicle to ensure active involvement of the Institute in maintaining the quality and relevance of engineering education • IEEE seeks a leadership role in accreditation within all the areas of its technical activities

  29. IEEE’s Role in Accreditation (2) • IEEE seeks leadership in accreditation worldwide • Including participation in development and administration of accrediting bodies • IEEE seeks to develop and support local accrediting bodies where such bodies do not exist at the present time

  30. EAB’s Recent Accreditation Projects • Development of IEEE’s white paper on accreditation • Development of a comprehensive on-line resource on accrediting bodies and mutual recognition agreements • Assistance to emerging accrediting bodies and accreditation projects worldwide: • China, the Caribbean, South America: Peru, [El Salvador, Ecuador]

  31. Accreditation in the United States

  32. Scope • IEEE is a founding society of ABET • Through AIEE • IEEE is responsible for the peer review evaluation of 750+ engineering and engineering technology programs • IEEE participates in ABET activities as “IEEE” and through CSAB • The CS is 40% of CSAB • Very close cooperation between the two groups • CSAB is responsible for more than 300 programs • Both IEEE and CSAB have 3 ABET Board members • Approximately 350 IEEE volunteers are involved each year

  33. Fees and payers • EAB administers a holding account for ABET fees • $3 assessment collected from members in the United States • The Computer Society pays CSAB expenditures • Using funds collected by all Society members

  34. Accreditation Outside the United States

  35. Key Areas of Focus • Providing help to accrediting bodies in formation • Including training of evaluators • Providing help to groups that want to start new accrediting bodies • Providing education about accreditation

  36. Inventory of Activities • Regional workshops on trends in accreditation • In the past: Bangkok, Bratislava, Lima • We are seeking a venue for 2009 • Assistance to existing accrediting bodies • Formation of new accrediting bodies • “follow the volunteers” • Address all aspects of ECT

  37. Where do we operate now? • China: “Working Group on Education in China” • Peru: ICACIT • The Caribbean: new accrediting body for programs taught in English

  38. China • An accreditation workshop with CAST and the PRC Ministry of Education • Beijing, 22 March 2008 • 240 attendees • All fields of engineering • Narrated by Michael Lightner and Moshe Kam

  39. Post-workshop requests • CAST requested that we help Chinese program evaluators observe ABET visits in 2008 • We coordinated the effort with ABET • Visits took place during Fall 2008 • CAST has requested that we participate in an international accreditation conference in October 2009

  40. Peru • IEEE is providing on-going assistance to the Peruvian accrediting body ICACIT • ICACIT was formed in the early 2000s • In 2006 we have provided the first non-US EAB training for program evaluators in Peru • Instructional material developed • We provided a complete translation of ABET materials into Spanish • We are also maintaining a website for ICACIT

  41. Activities in 2008 • Accreditation manuals • Engineering, Technology, Computing • Appointment of 20 Program Evaluators • Staffing of the accreditation committees • The first series of independent accreditation visits by ICACIT should take place in 2009

  42. Accreditation Agency for Technology, Engineering and Computing in the Caribbean

  43. Activities to Date • Preliminary review of goals and desired outcomes • April 2007, UWI, Trinidad • Meeting of representatives from the English-speaking Caribbean • September 2007, Trinidad • Stakeholder meeting • April 2008, Puerto Rico • Meeting with CACET officials • October 2008, Guyana

  44. Current status • CACET is waiting to become a recognized body with a budget from CARICOM • In the meantime CACET is housed in Trinidad • In 2008-2009 EAB will continue supporting meetings and, if needed, observers/visitors in CACET accreditation visits

  45. Accreditation.org

  46. Technical English Program

  47. Technical English Program • The overall goal is to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate students, and others, who are non-native English speakers in IEEE technical fields of interest • Pilot program conducted in November 2007 • Two additional programs have been conducted in 2008 • Approximately 125 attendees have participated • http://www.ieee.org/web/education/technical_english/index.xml

  48. IEEE Technical English Workshop St. Petersburg, Russia 20 December 2008 Part I: Data compression Part II: Secure data communications