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IEEE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES BOARD (EAB)
Louisville Marriott Downtown
16 February 2008
Approved by EAB 21 June 2008
The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) held its first meeting of 2008 on 16 February 2008 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY , USA
1. CALL TO ORDER AND OPENING REMARKS – Micheli-Tzanakou
Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou, IEEE Vice President, Educational Activities and Chair, Educational Activities Board (EAB), called the meeting to order at 8:00 AM and asked for introductions. A member quorum was confirmed.
(Agenda Tab 1 - Minutes Attachment 1- Attendance)
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou reviewed the Consent Agenda as submitted and asked for comments. No comments were provided. The Consent Agenda included the following:
a. Approval of EAB Minutes – 17 November 2007 (Agenda Tab 2a)
b. Ratification of EAB Operating Committee (OpCom) Action: Appointment of EAB
N & A Chair (Agenda Tab 2b)
c. Affirmation of 2008 EAB Membership (Agenda Tab 2c)
d. Affirmation of 2008 EAB Committee Membership (Agenda Tab 2d)
e. Approval of Appointments to the EAB Committee on Engineering
Accreditation (CEAA), and the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission
(EAC) (Agenda Tab 2e)
f. Approval of Appointments to the EAB Committee on Technology Accreditation
Activities (CTAA) (Agenda Tab 2f)
g. Approval of PSPB Operations Manual, Section 8.2 – Publications Guidelines:
Proper Handling of Articles Written by Publications Volunteers (Agenda Tab 2g)
The Consent Agenda was unanimously approved.
3. REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF AGENDA
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou reviewed the Agenda and reviewed modifications in the schedule of items.
4. REPORT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT – Micheli-Tzanakou
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou welcomed EAB members and guests and shared briefly regarding her background. She acknowledged Past EA Vice Presidents Drs. Moshe Kam and James Tien for their contributions to the EAB.
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou announced with regret the passing of Dr. William E. Sayle II on 2 February 2008. Dr. Sayle was a dedicated IEEE volunteer who made outstanding contributions in engineering education for the IEEE and ABET. In 2004, he was awarded the IEEE EAB Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities.
Dr. Sayle was Professor Emeritus of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Following her remarks, Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou led the EAB in a moment of silence in honor of Dr. Sayle
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou called attention to EAB award materials that were distributed to the EAB. She announced that efforts are currently underway by EAB Awards and Recognition Committee (ARC) Chair, Alfred MacRae and his committee to revitalize the EAB Awards Program and encouraged EAB members and guests to support these activities.
a. EAB Vision: Collegiality; Inclusion; Respect; Competitive; Critical and Effective: Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou described a vision for the EAB that includes: conducting business with collegiality; welcoming all who wish to participate; respecting each other while remaining competitive; and expressing constructive criticism that helps the EAB to remain effective.
b. Issues to be addressed in 2008
b.1 Inter-Group Communication: Strive to increase communication between the IEEE Organizational Units as well as with EAB’s partners in industry and academia
b.2 EAB Conferences/Workshops: Communicate EAB offerings
b.3 Professional Development and Education: Strive to keep these connected
b.4 Diversity and Cultural Respect: Honor differences and work together to move EAB forward successfully
c. Changes in the Accreditation Policy Council (APC): Mr. Eric Tappert is the new APC Chair for 2008. Discussions will continue regarding the role of APC in 2008 and beyond, including: increased focus on policy issues; assistance to IEEE Representatives on the ABET Board of Directors regarding policy; development of long-term goals for IEEE accreditation activities in the US, outside of ABET; development of long-term goals in global accreditation; and development of EAB’s next policy paper on the role of standards in engineering education.
d. Accreditation in the United States
1 Working with ABET: Continue close cooperation with IEEE Representative Directors on the ABET Board of Directors and with CSAB; increase involvement in policy issues concerning ABET by providing IEEE Representative Directors to ABET information regarding IEEE’s views on key issues, e.g., ABET finances and governance; appoint a new IEEE Representative Director to ABET
e. Global Accreditation : Defining IEEE’s five-year objectives; developing new regional programs; assisting existing and developing systems
f. Primary Objectives for 2008
f.5 Accreditation in the United States: Regulate IEEE activities; help re-organization of ABET; seek opportunities to support diversity of accreditation methods
f.6 Accreditation Outside the US: Strengthen IEEE presence in China; move ICACIT (Peru) to the next stage; begin formation of ETC accreditation body in the Caribbean
f.7 Accreditation.org: Expand and promote
g. Other Areas
g.2 Support merger with HKN
a.5 Initiate Webinars for hands-on course experience
a.6 Develop model curricula in Biometrics
a.7 Develop Professor-In-Training by experts in new technologies
a.8 Explore with Mathworks incorporating MATLAB in IEEE Expert Now IEEE
a.9 Sponsor workshops on emerging technologies
a.10 Create e-Zine for communication within EAB
a.11 Create a wiki/portal for EAB activities
5. REVIEW OF EAB 2005-2007 - Kam
Past VP-EA Moshe Kam provided an overview of EAB’s responsibilities and structure and reported on major activities during 2005-2007.
a. Mandate: EAB is charged with implementing educational programs to serve IEEE members, the engineering and the scientific community and the general public; and recommending to the Board of Directors policies on educational matters.
b. Organizational Structure: 16 voting members and one non-voting member (Managing Director-EA); EAB Representatives and Liaisons to IEEE groups and outside organizations
c. EAB Activities: Pre-University; University Level; Post-University (continuing education)
d. Pre-University Activities - Objective: Increasing the propensity of young people to select engineering as a career path
1 TryEngineering.org: In 2005 the IEEE Board of Directors approved a new initiative: “Launching our Children’s Path to Engineering” and requested review and consolidation of all IEEE pre-university education in engineering, technology, and computing. A major outcome of this action was the development of TryEngineering.org, which was accomplished in partnership with IBM and the New York Hall of Science and was launched in June 2006. TryEngineering.org is a web portal about engineering and engineering careers that was initially developed for students, parents, school counselors and teachers and was intended to help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future. Visitors to the site explore how to prepare for an engineering career, ask experts engineering- related questions and play interactive games. Since its launch, TryEngineering.org has caught the attention of the university community, and the portal has evolved to become an increasingly popular resource for both the pre- university and university communities.
Currently, TryEngineering.org provides university searches in 23 countries and is operating in English, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Russian.
e. University-Level Activities - Objectives: Improve academic curricula and ensure their purposeful adaptation to the changing technical and business climate; improve delivery and effectiveness of engineering education; improve retention of engineering and technology students.
ensure active involvement of the Institute in maintaining the quality and relevance
of engineering education and seeks a leadership role in accreditation within all
the areas of its technical activities.
Development of IEEE’s white paper on accreditation
Development of a comprehensive on-line resource on accrediting bodies and mutual recognition agreements
Assistance to emerging accrediting bodies and accreditation projects worldwide: China, the Caribbean, and Peru
f. IEEE Position Papers:
EAB developed the following IEEE Position Papers in 2007:
In 2008, the EAB/SA Standards Education Committee ( SEC) will develop an IEEE Position Paper on the role of technical standards in the academic curriculum.
g. Post-University Education: Provides practitioners in IEEE’s fields of interest with accessible and affordable high-quality continuing education products. Main activities: IEEE Expert Now, an on-line tutorial library; Education Partners, an on- line course library; and development of certification programs in Biometrics
h. Consolidation of IEEE On-line Courses: The Board of Directors has directed the EAB to consolidate IEEE on-line course offerings by the end of 2008.
(Minutes Attachment 3)
ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENT (EAD) – Gorham
MD-EA Douglas Gorham provided an overview of EA staff functions. He pointed out that the EAD is made up of 20 positions, and many EA staff members serve cross functions. He distributed the 2008 EAB Committees and Staff Support list and discussed EA responsibilities as set forth in the EAB Mission and current goals.
7. FINANCE COMMITTEE (FinCom) REPORT – Kam
FinCom Chair Moshe Kam summarized items included on his report to the IEEE FinCom Meeting of 12 and 14 February.
a. Strategic Topics for 2008-2009
b. Financial Goals for 2008-2009:
b.1 Increase the customer base of IEEE Expert Now
c. Financial Goals for 2010-2012
c.1 Make IEEE Expert Now a major product of IEEE
d. Other Issues: EAB is currently exploring development of a program to educate new university professors
e. Five-Year Goals
f. Continuing Programs: Teacher in-Service Program; Global Accreditation; Assessment program for Electrical Engineering Technology programs; Education Partners Program
g. EAB Budget with standard target yearly increase
h. IEEE Expert Now – Preparing for Phase 2
j. Biometrics – Market Research
k. EAB budget summary
l. Next Steps: develop a list of additions to the target budget
(Minutes Attachment 5 – Confidential Material)
8. EPICS: ENGINEERING PROJECTS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE - Kam for Dandekar
Dr. Kam provided a report on EPICS on behalf of Society Outreach Committee (SOOC) Chair Kapil Dandekar. EPICS was founded at Purdue University in 1995 and currently has programs in 18 universities and at an increasing number of high schools. These are partnerships between the universities and local non-profit organizations to implement interdisciplinary design projects. The program provides communities with access to technology-based solutions and provides universities with the opportunity for students and their professions to integrate engineering design with service learning.
Dr. Dandekar, who is serving as EAB representative, has proposed creating a 12-month pilot program with objectives, timeline, milestones, recruiting plan, and performance metrics. The target date for starting is September 2008.
(Minutes Attachment 6)
9. ACCREDITATION POLICY COUNCIL (APC) REPORT – Tappert
APC Chair Eric Tappert provided a report, which included:
a. APC Meeting Update - 15 February 2008
b. Appointments to the CEAA and the CTAA were approved in the Consent Agenda (Agenda Tab 2e, 2f)
d. Role of Standards in Education: The APC agreed to work with the EAB/SA Standards Education Committee (SEC) to develop a policy paper on the role of Standards in education.
e. Balance of program evaluators: Historically, the IEEE has endeavored to maintain a balance between academic and industry/government backgrounds of its pool of program evaluators. The APC has formed a task force to consider this practice and determine if it should be continued.
f. IEEE program evaluators processes: Through its Partnership to Advance Volunteer Excellence (PAVE) program, ABET has recently taken over training of new IEEE program evaluators. The APC will examine the impact of this practice on IEEE processes. (Minutes Attachment 7)
10. COMMITTEE ON GLOBAL ACCREDITATION ACTIVITIES (CGAA) REPORT - Kam
CGAA Chair Moshe Kam provided a report.
a. Mission and Scope of Responsibilities
b. CGAA Membership: Region 1, one member ; Region 2, two members; Region 8, one member; Region 9, three members; Region 10 , one member
c. Key Activities: IEEE provides help to accrediting bodies in formation, including training of program evaluators; help to groups that want to start new accrediting bodies; and education about accreditation
d. Current Activities
d.1 China: In 2006 IEEE established an accreditation working group in China, the IEEE Working Group on Education in China (WGEC). In 2007 IEEE held a workshop on engineering accreditation in cooperation with the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), which is the accrediting body in China. In preparation for the workshop, EAB completed a translation of ABET accreditation materials into Chinese. Attendees included program evaluators from China and from IEEE, Bruce Eisenstein, Michael Lightner, Moshe Kam and Douglas Gorham. At the invitation of CAST, IEEE will return in 2008 to hold a second workshop in cooperation with CAST and the Chinese Ministry of Education. Michael Lightner and Moshe Kam will narrate the workshop.
d.2 Peru: IEEE is providing on-going assistance to ICACIT, which is the accrediting body in Peru. In 2006, EAB provided the first non-US EAB training workshop for program evaluators in Peru. The workshop was prepared and delivered by Past APC Chair Mario Gonzalez, a well-known educator from the University of Texas at Austin. EAB provided a complete translation of ABET materials into Spanish.
In 2007, EA Manager of University Activities, Arnold Peskin, was instrumental in efforts to complete a first draft of governance documents and structure of ICACIT. In December, a second training workshop led by Dr. Gonzalez was held in Arequipa. Activities planned for 2008 include a final version of accreditation manuals, appointment of 20 program evaluators and the first series of independent accreditation visits by ICACIT.
d.3 The Caribbean: EAB is working with a group centered in the University of West Indies to create the Accreditation Agency for Technology, Engineering and Computing (AATECC) in the Caribbean . The desired outcome of this effort is a fully functional stable accrediting body operating wherever there is a higher education institute in the Caribbean, and membership of the body in the Washington Accord.
d.4 Additional Region 9 activities: EAB will identify other groups in Region 9 and review needs.
(Minutes Attachment 8)
11. CSAB REPORT - Neveda
12.CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE (CPEC) REPORT - Plataniotis
CPEC ChairKostas Plataniotis provided a written report for the Agenda.
(Agenda Tab 5)
13.PUBLIC AWARENESS COMMITTEE (PAC) REPORT – Carletta
PAC Chair Joan Carletta reported on the EAB/WIE Joint New Initiative, Real World Engineering Projects (RWEP), formerly named, Increasing the Representation of Women in IEEE Fields of Interest. This is a two-year (2007-2008) New Initiative with a total budget of $380K. The goal is to provide faculty worldwide with fully developed curricula for first-year EE/CE/CS/ET team-based projects that illustrate “real-world” problems with solutions that impact society.
Benefits of RWEP
Dr. Carletta reported on 2008 project timelines; review criteria, and titles. 2008 goals include: development of the RWEP portal; development of an assessment plan; publication and promotion of inaugural projects; and development of strategy for continuation funding. (Minutes Attachment 10)
14. PUBLICATIONS SERVICES AND PRODUCTS BOARD (PSPB) – Baillieul
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou welcomed Vice President, IEEE Publication Services and Products, John Baillieul, who presented the 2008 PSPB Initiative on Competitive Positioning. A discussion followed. (Minutes Attachment 11)
15. IEEE EXPERT NOW EDITORIAL BOARD REPORT – Basar
IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief, Tamar Basar reported on the
background and current status of IEEE Expert Now.
IEEE Expert Now is a library of one-hour long on-line learning modules developed by recognized experts, usually on the basis of conference workshops around the world. It is designed to facilitate the continuing education needs of IEEE members and other practicing engineers, scientists and researchers. In 2007, the EAB established the IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board to maintain quality control and develop strategies for the future of the IEEE Expert Now library and to prepare plans to maintain and expand the coverage, quality, reach and relevance of the library. Dr. Basar reported on the current status and discussed future plans of IEEE Expert Now.
(Minutes Attachment 12)
16. EAB/STANDARDS ASSOCIATION (SA) STANDARDS EDUCATION COMMITTEE (SEC) – Mills
SA Representative Steve Mills provided an update of EAB/SA SEC activities. The committee is scheduled to meet on Saturday, 23 February 2008 to review goals and action items and put in place an operation plan for the year. Objectives for 2008 include development of an IEEE Position Paper on the role of standards in education and development of the IEEE Standards Education Web Portal.
17. AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR ENGINEERING EDUCATION (ASEE) – Melsa
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) President James Melsa provided an update of ASEE activities.
(Minutes Attachment 13)
18. ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT HEADS ASSOCIATION (ECEDHA) – Smith
ECEDHA President, Dr. Mark J. T. Smith provided an update of ECEDHA activities. The ECEDHA held its second Globalization Workshop on 4-7 February 2008 in Santa Clara, CA. Topics included: current globalization programs: how ABET can help with global awareness: and expectations for ECE Academic Programs in 2020 (Minutes Attachment 14)
19. PRE-UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE (PECC) – Winston
PECC Chair Arthur Winston reported on Pre-University activities.
20. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTING PORTALS – Pelham
Educational Outreach Program Manager, Yvonne Pelham reported on new features of the TryEngineering.org and Accreditation.org.
In addition to listings for pre-university students, there are now listings for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. Listings include: competitions, summer programs, internships, research positions.
A new e-newsletter subscription will be available soon to any visitor who provides an email address. The newsletter will include noteworthy items about engineering, spotlights about TryEngineering.org and announcements of new features.
A new addition to the popular “Play Games” section, the Build a Bionic Arm game will be available soon. This game challenges players to design, build and test a prosthetic robotic arm using the latest materials and techniques. The goal is to engineer an arm that recreates the capabilities of the human arm. The game broadens interest in engineering, shows how engineers solve real world problems and demonstrates the integration of multiple engineering disciplines involved in bionic arm building.
Recognized accrediting agencies worldwide
Mutual recognition Agreements, their texts and interpretations
Accreditation Overview – tutorial and annotated bibliography of articles, books, publications and other resources
(Minutes Attachments 15a)
21. STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION – Frankel
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou introduced Ms. Jean Frankel of Tecker Consultants who led the EAB, Staff and guests in a Strategic Planning Session. Ms. Frankel explained that the purpose of the session was to build on what EAB already has in place; create additional elements of a full Strategic Long-Range Plan; and set future context with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis. She pointed out that the session outcomes are intended to put into content existing EAB work and provide a basis on which to prioritize future efforts, measure progress, and communicate across the IEEE in a common language of strategic planning. (Minutes Attachment 16)
22. EXECUTIVE SESSION – Micheli-Tzanakou
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakouannounced the following actions taken during Executive Session:
23. OLD BUSINESS - Micheli-Tzanakou
There was no Old Business.
24. NEW BUSINESS - Micheli-Tzanakou
There was no New Business.
25. CLOSING REMARKS – Micheli-Tzanakou
Micheli-Tzanakou thanked EAB members for their participation during the meeting and looked forward to a productive year.
26. NEXT MEETING – Micheli-Tzanakou
21 June 2008
27. ADJOURNEMENT - Micheli-Tzanakou
A motion to adjourn at 4:33 pm was approved.
 A preliminary agenda was provided on the World Wide Web.