Historical Accreditation Documents

The background of engineering and computing program communication can be explored through the following resources:

A Brief History Of Electrical Engineering Education

Author
F.E. Terman

Electrical engineering curricula made their first appearance in the U.S. in the early 1880's as options in physics that aimed to prepare students to enter the new and rapidly growing electrical manufacturing industry. As this industry developed, so did electrical engineering education, and within a decade made a place for itself as an equal among the older engineering departments. The curricula that evolved followed the needs of the industry, and before World War I were concentrated largely on the properties of dc and ac circuits and equipment and associated systems of power distribution.

Date
Publication
Proceedings of the IEEE ( Volume: 64, Issue: 9, Sept. 1976)
Publisher
IEEE
ISBN/DOI
10.1109/PROC.1976.10333

A Brief History of Engineering Education in the United States

Author
L. P. Grayson

A history of engineering education in the United States is described, beginning with General Washington's general order in 1778 calling for the establishment of a school of engineering and concluding with a discussion of the general trends in engineering education as of 1980. 

Date
Publisher
IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
ISBN/DOI
10.1109/TAES.1980.308907

A comparative review of two major international accrediting consortia for engineering education: the Washington Accord and the Bologna Process

Author
Romualdas Kasuba, Pranas Ziliukas

The paper is a survey phase of a two-to-three year study of two major accreditation consortia: the Washington Accord (WA) and the Bologna Process (BP). These consortia were developed to ensure academic quality, recognition of accredited degrees and thus ease the mobility of professionals within wide geographical areas. The WA consortium was established in 1989 by six predominantly English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. The WA covers the undergraduate accredited engineering programmes for mutual recognition by all full WA members.

Date
Publication
World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education Vol.3, No.1

A History of the International Engineering Alliance and its Constituent Agreements: Toward Global Engineering Education and Professional Competence Standards

Information and insight on the early days of the Washington Accord. 

Publisher
International Engineering Alliance

A Library for Engineering Education: Frank O. Marvin and the University of Kansas, 1875–1915

Author
James D. Neeley

This article investigates the influence of developments in engineering education on the establishment of departmental libraries for engineering in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American universities. A case study is made of the University of Kansas and Frank O. Marvin, a former president of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education and dean of the university’s School of Engineering when its library opened in 1909. While national forces spanning the profession supplied the necessary preconditions for Kansas’s library, Marvin was the local catalyst.

Date
Publication
Libraries & the Cultural Record, Vol. 43, No. 4

Accreditation Handbook

This document, which is continually revised by the US Department of Education, is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding accreditation requirements under the law or agency policies.

Date
Publisher
US Department of Education

All this and engineering too: A history of accreditation requirements

Author
K.D. Stephan

This article traces the history of US engineering accreditation with regard to non-technical curriculum requirements from the founding of the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD) in 1932 up to the adoption of Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC 2000) in 1999.

Date
Publisher
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
ISBN/DOI
10.1109/MTAS.2002.1035224

Paths to Accreditation

Author
Dr. Jane Fraser, Dr. Alejandro Teran, Dr. Hoa Thi Pham

This document, presented at the 121st ASEE Annual Conference, assembled international data on engineering accreditation and reviewed issues concerning the implications of accreditation for engineering programs.

Date
Publisher
American Society for Engineering Education

Report of the Investigation of Engineering 1923-1929

In 1923 a development committee was appointed by the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education to answer the question "What can the Society do in a comprehensive way to develop, broaden and enrich engineering education?" The result was the development of a comprehensive survey to look at the engineering education, directed by W.E. Wickenden.  One hundred and fifty college participated along with several national engineering societies and the US Bureau of Education.

Date
Publisher
Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education

Setting the Standards for Engineering Education: A History

This article reviews the long history of efforts to define a proper standard for engineering education, and the implications this has for the current set of proposed changes to ABET's engineering accreditation criteria.

Date
Publisher
Proceedings of the IEEE
ISBN/DOI
10.1109/JPROC.2017.2729406

The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century

This report from the National Academy of Engineering, written by a group of distinguished educators and practicing engineers from diverse backgrounds, includes various scenarios for the future based on current scientific and technological trends. In addition to identifying the ideal attributes of the engineer of 2020, the report recommends ways to improve the training of engineers to prepare them for addressing the complex technical, social, and ethical questions raised by emerging technologies.

Date
Publisher
National Academy of Engineering
ISBN/DOI
978-0-309-09162-6

Transnational recognition and accreditation of engineering educational programmes in Europe: Perspectives in a global framework

Author
Giuliano Augusti

In a previous paper the author described the present situation and recent advances regarding accreditation of engineering programmes in Europe. This paper contains an attempt at examining perspectives from a global viewpoint.

Date
Publication
European Journal of Engineering Education
ISBN/DOI
31(3):249-260