An Integrated Academic Accreditation Program (IAAP): A Case Study of Faculty of Engineering and IT at Taiz University

An Integrated Academic Accreditation Program (IAAP): A Case Study of Faculty of Engineering and IT at Taiz University

Reman M. Alqadasi (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Taiz University, Yemen), Murad A. Rassam (Department of Information Technology, College of Computer, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia & Department of Computer Networks and Distributed Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Taiz University, Yemen) and Mageed Ghaleb (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Taiz University, Yemen)
DOI: 10.4018/IJQCSSE.2019010104

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In this paper, an integrated academic accreditation program (named IAAP) is developed. The main focus of this study was engineering education, and a case study of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at Taiz University (TU), Yemen was considered. The IAAP is developed by integrating two academic accreditation programs, the national program (Council of Accreditation and Quality Assurance: CAQA) and the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). A clause-by-clause comparison of the criteria of the two programs (CAQA and ABET) was applied to construct the IAAP. The developed program is applicable to any other engineering faculty in Yemen. An investigation of the capability of implementing the IAAP was conducted. The investigation process involved the six academic departments of the faculty under study. A weighing and scoring scheme was obtained for each element of the IAAP using the analytical hierarchy process (AHP).
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The accreditation procedure in engineering and technology programs started freely with the assistance of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the United States and later in a few different countries. Different national and territorial associations at the national scale are too creating and doing the procedure of accreditation in different nations. Several research works have been conducted in quality assurance and accreditation in engineering education at different levels. These levels can be classified as global/regional, country/institutional, and national (in Yemen) levels. In this study, the review is organized into these three levels.

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