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The Committee on Global Accreditation Activities (CGAA) is a standing committee that reports to the Educational Activities Board through the University Resources Committee (URC).


CGAA functions and initiatives

engineering student learning in classroomCGAA initiatives are to identify and meet the global accreditation needs in engineering, computing, and technology (ECT) education, by assisting in the operation of existing accrediting bodies other than ABET and in the establishment, development, and implementation of new accrediting bodies and accreditation procedures. CGAA also is tasked to coordinate global accreditation activities on behalf of IEEE, excluding activities conducted through ABET, including assistance to existing accrediting bodies, development of new accrediting bodies, and education about ECT accreditation. The committee seeks to develop and provide educational resources about ECT accrediting body development, accreditation procedures, and program evaluator training, as well as support and develop position papers on global ECT education and accreditation.

Some of these examples may include the following:

  • Support the maintenance and improvement of education worldwide through the process of accreditation of ECT programs.
  • Use the IEEE global network of volunteers and members to communicate the advantages of establishing international educational standards through accreditation.
  • Organize and conduct regional accreditation workshops to acquaint leaders in industry, government, and academia with accreditation and with various accreditation systems around the world.
  • When appropriate, work with government agencies, national societies, IEEE Sections, and IEEE volunteers to establish accreditation systems and accrediting bodies.
  • Coordinate IEEE participation in accreditation activities with existing accrediting bodies.
  • Support IEEE participation in the international activities of (non-local) accrediting bodies.
  • Provide consultations to educational programs (e.g., in preparation for first-time visits of accrediting bodies).