Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has an extensive reading list. Of particular interest are:
- Talking Points: Accreditation, Students and Society (June 2013)
With the recent attention that has been brought to accreditation, these talking points were developed to key in on the importance and value of accreditation to higher education, students, and society.
- The CHEA Initiative – Final Report
The CHEA Initiative, a multi-year national conversation on the future of accreditation, sought to build support to (1) sustain a balance and distinction between accountability to the federal government and the academic work of accreditation – its focus on institutional mission and independence, peer/professional review and quality improvement – and (2) enhance accountability in accreditation.
- An Overview of U.S. Accreditation (PDF)
Description of the key features of U.S. accreditation of higher education and recognition of accrediting organizations. An excellent introduction to the broader national system of regional and programmatic accreditation.
- Accreditation and Recognition in the United States (PDF)PowerPoint overview of the primary quality control mechanisms in U.S. higher education.
Engineering Change: A Study of the Impact of EC2000
Highlights the findings from a comprehensive study published in 2006 on the impact of ABET’s outcomes-based accreditation criteria on engineering programs and their graduates. The study conducted by the Penn State Center for the Study of Higher Education. The Executive Summary is available online; the full report may be purchased from ABET.
Engineering Education Quality Assurance: A Global Perspective
Arun Patil and Peter Gray, Springer, 2009.
A global perspective on the past, present and future of engineering education quality assurance, including the history of engineering education quality assurance and a world-wide review of existing quality assurance schemes in engineering education. Available in hardcover from Springer.
ABET’s free webinars guide you through the ABET accreditation process, covering topics such as preparing the self-study, preparing for the site visit, understanding the Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual, and accreditation updates.
Assessment Reading List
Designing Better Engineering Education Through Assessment
Joni Spurlin, Sarah Rajala, and Jerome Lavelle, Stylus, 2008.
This book is written for engineering faculty and department chairs as a practical guide to improving the assessment processes for undergraduate and graduate engineering education, written by engineering faculty and assessment professionals who have many years of experience in assessment of engineering education and of working with engineering faculty.
- Nationally Normed Assessment Instruments
Many programs have successfully employed nationally normed examinations such as the Fundamentals of Engineering exam developed and administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying as an integral element of their program assessment process.
Innovation in Technical Education Resources
Presentations from ABET’s 2011 Annual Conference:
- Vinton G. Cerf, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, discussed The Value of Innovation and Its Role in Higher Education.
- James Plummer, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University, discussed Educating Engineers for 21st Century Careers.
Innovation Reading List
Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy (PDF)
A report by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers describing the talent crunch in manufacturing along with recommendations for educators, industry, professional organizations, and government to solve the crisis.
Innovation With Impact: Creating a Culture for Scholarly and systematic Innovation in Engineering Education (PDF)
This Executive Summary from a 2012 report from the American Society for Engineering Education describes the vibrant engineering academic culture necessary for scholarly and systematic innovation to ensure that the U.S. engineering education enterprise keeps pace with changes in the engineering profession and in the world.
The Engineer of 2020
The National Academy of Engineering Committee on Engineering Education conducted this two-phase project in 2004 to forecast future performance demands for professional engineers as well as opportunities to provide leadership in a range of business and public venues beyond their technical fields. Phase II considers curriculum content and delivery models helpful in preparing engineering students to meet these challenges.
Engineering for A Changing World: A Roadmap for the Future of Engineering Practice, Research and Education (PDF)
This 2008 report, authored by former University of Michigan president and engineering school dean James Duderstadt itemizes changes in engineering practice and the global workforce and new technologies and concludes that graduates of engineering degree programs must master a set of skills well beyond traditional scientific and technical disciplines. Among its recommendations are broadening the focus of undergraduate engineering programs, establishing graduate professional schools of engineering, and creating more structured forms of lifelong learning for engineering professionals.
Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited (PDF)
A 2010 update to the 2005 National Academy of Engineering report Rising Above the Gathering Storm, which was prepared in response to a request by a bipartisan group of Senators and Members of Congress who asked the National Academies to respond to the following questions: What are the top ten actions, in priority order, that federal policymakers could take to enhance the science and technology enterprise so that the United States can successfully compete, prosper, and be secure in the global community of the 21st century?