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Title: Gulf Cooperation Council Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology GABET


1
Gulf Cooperation Council Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology (GABET)
  • Report to the
  • GCC Deans Committee
  • Presented by
  • Dr. Samir Al-Baiyat
  • on behalf of the
  • GABET Committee

2
GABET Committee
  • Dr. Andrew J. Wilson, University of Qatar
  • Dr. Ahmet Yigit, Kuwait University
  • Dr. Isa Qamber, Bahrain University
  • Dr. J. Richard Williams, United Arab Emirates
    University
  • Dr. Samir Al-Baiyat, King Fahad University of
    Petroleum and Minerals
  • Dr. Waleed Abu Farag, King Abdulaziz University

3
Outline
  • Review of Committee purpose
  • Summary of Committee activities
  • Committee Report

4
Committee Purpose
  • Prepare report on the reasons and goals for the
    formation of a academic accreditation board that
    would include the previous experience of other
    universities already accredited
  • Prepare for a workshop on academic accreditation
    to be held in parallel with any of the future
    meetings and coordinate with other international
    accreditation boards
  • Report to the GCC Deans Committee in order to
    present this to the GCC University Presidents

5
Committee Activities
  • Attendance at ABET Meeting in Pittsburg,
    Pennsylvania, USA from October 31 to November 1,
    2002
  • Ongoing communication the Executive Director of
    ABET
  • Contact with representatives from JABEE, ABEEK,
    RAEE
  • GABET Committee meeting in Dubai, February 26-27,
    2003
  • Preparation of report and presentation

6
Committee Report
  • Introduction to ABETs international
    accreditation activities
  • Background information
  • GCC Accreditation Board
  • Initiating GABET
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Workshop and conference plan

7
Introduction
  • Purpose and function of accreditation
  • International recognition of quality
  • External uniform and objective measures and
    evaluation
  • Promote continuous evaluation and improvement
  • Accreditation by ABET in the GCC
  • Established practice
  • Substantial Equivalence

8
Introduction
  • Direction of ABET
  • Limiting international accreditation activities
  • Promoting mutual agreements with other
    international accreditation agencies
  • Need for GABET

9
Background Information
  • GCC Universities with ABET Substantial
    Equivalency
  • Kuwait University
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
  • United Arab Emirates University
  • King Abdulaziz University
  • Other GCC universities actively seeking
    accreditation

10
Background Information
  • ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and
    Technology)
  • Accrediting programs for 75 years
  • Over 500 different programs at over 170 colleges
    and universities visited each year in the US
  • Operated and governed by member professional
    societies
  • International activities coordinated by
    International Activities Committee (INTAC)

11
Background Information
  • ABET Criteria
  • Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC 2000)
  • Fully implemented for engineering programs in US
  • International implementation to be fully phased
    in by fall of 2004
  • Outcomes based assessment and continuous
    improvement

12
Background Information
  • ABET Organization
  • Four commissions
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)
  • Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC)
  • Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC)
  • Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC)
  • Operated by professional societies with unpaid
    personnel
  • Commissions responsible for
  • Development of accreditation criteria
  • Evaluation of programs
  • Recommendation of accreditation actions

13
Background Information
  • International agreements of ABET
  • Bilateral agreements and memorandums of
    understanding (MOU)
  • Canada bilateral agreement
  • Washington Accord agreement
  • Original agreement between accrediting agencies
    of English speaking countries

14
Background Information
  • ABET international activities
  • Focusing primarily on US accreditation
  • Seeking to limit accreditation (Substantial
    Equivalency) of individual international
    institutions
  • Promoting agreements of mutual recognition with
    international accrediting bodies
  • Bilateral agreements
  • Washington accord
  • Promoting development of international
    accrediting bodies
  • JABEE
  • ABEK

15
Background Information
  • Summary of GCC ABET Activities
  • Attendance at ABET Annual meetings
  • Attendance at Istanbul ABET Workshop
  • Preparation for Conventional and EC 2000 visits
  • Preparation for and hosting of consultative and
    accreditation visits
  • Participation in program evaluator training
  • Presentation of papers on accreditation, outcomes
    assessment, and continuous improvement

16
Background Information
  • Conditions in the GCC
  • Unlikely that each country has the ability to
    establish individual accreditation agencies
  • Insufficient depth and breadth to accredit all
    programs of each university
  • Only one or two universities in some countries
  • Regional accreditation board is warranted
  • Limitations
  • Lack of professional society development
  • Political and legal changes may be required
  • Lack of culture of professional volunteerism
  • Leadership and expertise must come from
    universities and industry

17
Background Information
  • Conditions in the GCC (continued)
  • Professional registration
  • Accredited degree is usually first step
  • Registration of engineers not practiced in GCC
  • Proposals have been made in Saudi Arabia and
    Kuwait
  • Institutional assessment
  • Self assessment is integral to EC 2000
  • Self assessment has been adopted by nearly all
    regional universities
  • Saudi Arabia and UAE have national institutional
    accreditation

18
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Purpose
  • Accredit programs within the GCC
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Computer science
  • Architecture
  • Enter into a MOU with ABET to develop GABET
  • Execute a bilateral agreement of mutual
    recognition with ABET
  • Eventually, become a signatory of the Washington
    Accord

19
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Organizing philosophy
  • Authority to accredit and recognition by GCC
    governments
  • Represent the engineering, technical, and
    professional communities it accredits
  • Balance between education and practice
    (university and industry)
  • Non-governmental and independent, free of vested
    interests

20
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
21
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Initial Organization
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Director
  • Accreditation Commissions

22
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Board of Directors
  • Purpose
  • Executive body
  • Appoint Executive Director
  • Development and approval of constitution
  • Approves
  • Polices and procedures
  • Accreditation criteria
  • Accreditation actions of Commissions

23
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Board of Directors
  • Membership
  • Minimum of two from each GCC country one from
    industry and one from academia
  • Nominated by national committee
  • Ratified by the accreditation commissions
  • Minimum of one international member who is a
    member of an international accreditation
    commission
  • Term will be three years with membership having
    staggered terms

24
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Board of Directors
  • Qualifications
  • Minimum BS degree in engineering, technology,
    computer science, or architecture
  • Distinguished experience and accomplishments
  • Serving on an accreditation commission
  • Served as a visit team chair and program
    evaluator
  • In countries where no accredited programs exist,
    qualifications will be waived as appropriate

25
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Executive Director
  • Appointed by Board of Directors
  • Full time paid position
  • Duties
  • Responsible for administrative funtions
  • Carry out polices and directives of the Board
  • Liaison to the public
  • Organize and coordinate meetings and conferences
  • Establish and operate office

26
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Executive Director
  • Qualifications
  • Experience in accreditation
  • Member of one of the professions

27
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Accreditation Commissions
  • Performs actual accreditation activities
  • Duties
  • Develop and maintain accreditation criteria,
    polices and procedures
  • Manage and operate the accreditation process
  • Evaluate programs and recommend appropriate
    accreditation actions
  • Provide information and training on accreditation
    activities

28
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Accreditation Commissions
  • Membership
  • Balance between practitioners (industry and
    government) and educators
  • Each country one industry and one academic
    member for each accredited discipline within the
    country
  • Additional members will be granted to countries
    with more than one university with accredited
    programs
  • Approved by the Board of Directors

29
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Accreditation Commissions
  • Membership (continued)
  • Qualifications
  • Minimum BS degree in engineering, technology,
    computer science, or orchitecture
  • Distinguished by experience and credentials to
    merit respect by peers

30
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Visit Team
  • Recommendations to achieve ABET equivalency
  • Headed by Team Chairman member of appropriate
    Accreditation Commission
  • Team chairman will present the team report to the
    Accreditation Commission
  • One program evaluator for each program being
    evaluated
  • Program evaluator must have ABET or GABET
    training and have served as an observer
  • At least one member of the team shall be from
    ABET
  • If no GABET program evaluators are available, an
    ABET evaluator will be used

31
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Funding
  • Initially shared between the GCC Secretariat and
    the GCC universities
  • GCC universities will pay annual fees
  • GCC Secretariat will most likely need to fund
    startup costs and provide ongoing support
  • In future, professional societies may join as
    society members and pay fees
  • GABET office is recommended to be within the GCC
    Office Building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

32
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Reporting and accountability
  • Financial accountability to GCC Secretariat
  • Annual report to Secretariat, University
    Presidents Committee and Deans Committee

33
GCC Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (GABET)
  • Training activities and conferences
  • Annual meeting
  • Conduct business
  • Training workshops
  • Conference on assessment and quality improvement
  • International faculty workshop
  • ABET to conduct every third year
  • Meetings to rotate throughout the GCC

34
Initiating GABET
  • Establishment will require major commitment of
    time and expense
  • Report cannot provide complete blueprint, but
    only how to begin

35
Initiating GABET
  • Process
  • GCC Deans and Presidents Committees agree on
    GABET concept
  • Proposal to GCC Secretariat for approval and
    funding
  • GCC Deans to champion GABET
  • Recognition by government ministries, national
    industries, and professional societies
  • Formation of national committee and nomination of
    initial Board of Directors representatives

36
Initiating GABET
  • Process
  • Board of Directors
  • Seek an MOU with ABET
  • Establishment of constitution
  • Formation of commissions
  • Appointment of Executive Director
  • Development of detailed plan to fully develop
    GABET

37
Conclusions and Recommendations
  • The increasing demand for accreditation and
    ABETs position on international accreditation
    make the formation of GABET a necessity
  • The GCC Deans Committee should revise and adopt
    the proposed plan to initiate GABET

38
Board Policy on International Activities
  • Promote and develop bilateral multilateral
    mutual recognition agreements.
  • Assist nations in developing their accreditation
    systems, and provide guidance in the
    implementation of continuous quality improvement
    in engineering education in other countries.

39
Board Policy on International Activities
  • Work with other quality assurance organization to
    develop regional capacity building.
  • Conduct substantial equivalency evaluations in
    countries where there is no national engineering
    accreditation body
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