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IEEE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES BOARD (EAB)
The Westin Copley Place
17 November 2007
Approved by the EAB - 16 February 2008
The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) held its third meeting of 2007 on 17 November 2007 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA, USA
58. CALL TO ORDER AND OPENING REMARKS – Kam
Moshe Kam, 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. Kam welcomed EAB members and guests. He introduced Dr. Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou and congratulated her on her election as 2008 Vice President for Educational Activities. He congratulated Dr. Eleanor Baum, EAB Strategic Planning Committee Chair, who was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame on 7 October 2007 in Seneca Falls, NY.
Dr. Kam reviewed the scope of EAB responsibilities as mandated by IEEE Bylaws and outlined the main issues to be addressed during the meeting.
59. REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF CONSENT AGENDA
Dr. Kam reviewed the Consent Agenda, which included:
a. Approval of EAB Minutes – 16 June 2007 (Agenda Tab 2a)
b. Approval of Appointment to the CEAA (Agenda Tab 2b)
c. Approval of Changes to EET Program Criteria (Agenda Tab 2c)
d. Approval of changes to EAB Operations Manual, Section 4 – Accreditation
(Agenda Tab 2d)
e. Approval of Changes to PSPB Operations Manual – Administrative
Editorial Rejections (Agenda Tab 2e)
f. Approval of Changes to PSPB Operations Manual – Specification of
English Style in IEEE Publications (Agenda Tab 2f
The Consent Agenda was unanimously approved.
60. REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF AGENDA
Dr. Kam reviewed the Agenda.
61. REPORT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT – Kam
Dr. Kam outlined items to be addressed during the Vice President’s Report.
a.1 Accreditation.org – New IEEE web site launched in early November 2007, in partnership with IBM and the New York Hall of Science. The site covers all branches of engineering, computing and technology accreditation. It introduces accrediting agencies worldwide along with the programs that they cover; provides university and program searches; includes all international accords; and provides links to research articles and presentations about accreditation.
a.2 Fourth Quarter 2007 Accreditation Activities
Port of Spain
a.3 2008 Accreditation - Plans for 2008
(CAST), US and Canada
b. Pre-University Activities
b.1 Teacher In-Service Program (TISP): TISP instructs Section volunteers on how to set up local workshops where the volunteers introduce teachers to hands-on activities that can be used in the classrooms. These lessons illustrate engineering as the creative application of mathematics and science and introduce the engineering design process to pre-university students.
2006: TISP sessions were conducted in Region 1 - Boston, MA; Region 4 - Indianapolis, IN; Region 3 - Memphis, TN; Region 8 - Cape Town, South Africa; and Region 10 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2007: TISP sessions were conducted in Region 9 - Rio de Janeiro and Piura, Peru; Region 2 - Baltimore, MD; and Region 5 - Dallas, TX.
b.2 International Summit: Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators 2010-2020– 9-11 November 2007, Munich, Germany – General Chair, Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee (PECC) Chair Arthur Winston. The objective of the event was to steer the educational system at both pre-university and university levels to be more cognizant and responsive to the anticipated needs for qualified engineers and their educators. The focus was on the actions required to meet those needs in the period 2010-2020. Participants included representatives from industry, government, and academia. Speakers included IEEE President Leah Jamieson; Reinhold Achatz, Head of Corporate Technology, Siemens; Nicholas Donofrio, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Technology, IBM; and Josef Nossek, President, VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (Germany).
c. Agreement with SME: EAB hasreached agreement with the Society of
Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for the joint development of an assessment tool for Electrical Engineering Technology programs. An assessment tool is expected to be available in 2008.
d. Technical English – Pilot Workshop: In response to requests by volunteers in
Russia, a pilot workshop on Technical English is scheduled during Thanksgiving weekend in St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia. Instructors from the US will provide technical presentations to third-year undergraduate EE students.
e. Biometrics Education Working Group: EAB and TAB have established a working group on biometrics education. Leaders are Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou and Russell Lefevre. Goals of this effort include developing a biometrics model curriculum for undergraduate programs, a certification program in biometrics, Expert Now IEEE modules on biometrics; and establishing a presence of biometrics on TryEngineering.org.
f. Real World Engineering Projects (RWEP): Initiative Leader, Amy Bell. Aimed at increasing student retention, RWEP involves development of projects that will lead to a new resource for faculty who teach first-year electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science students. Projects will focus students on “Real World” problems with solutions that benefit society and increase student retention through personal satisfaction and accomplishment.
g. Education about Standards:
h. ACTION: Endorsement of Proposed IEEE Position Statement on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Engineering, Computing and Technology
Dr. Kam provided a status report of the IEEE Position Statement on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Engineering, Computing and Technology. This document describes the views of IEEE on accreditation. It is intended to guide IEEE volunteers and staff members in their activities in the arena of accreditation and to provide other constituencies, including accrediting bodies, professional associations, governmental decision-making bodies, and academic programs, with IEEE’s opinions and advice. Dr. Kam described the extensive background of the document, and reviewed the major sections. A motion was made for endorsement of the document as submitted in Tab 3b.
Amendments were made to revise the text in Sections 5 and 10 as follows:
“At its best, accreditation serves to encourage progress in higher education science and engineering and increase adaptation of programs and curricula to new developments in science, technology, and the marketplace.
The amendment passed.
Section 10: The question was split into two amendments:
(1) “Similarly, while providing a broadening of scope in areas such as
economics, the law, and the humanitieshumanities, economics or the law, is of potential great value to students of engineering computing and technology,
The amendment failed.
(2) and we highly recommend them as a landmark of engineering education, we believe that the extent of such integration should be left largely to the programs, and depend on the kind of professional they aim to graduate.
The amendment failed.
The motion to endorse the proposed IEEE Position Statement on Accreditation, as amended, for recommendation to the Board of Directors was unanimously approved. (Agenda Tab 3b)
i. ACTION: Endorsement of Proposed IEEE Position Statement on the First
Professional Degree (FPD) in Engineering– Kam
Dr. Kam reported that IEEE was requested to provide its position on the first professional degree (FPD) in engineering. Several possible designations were mentioned: a Bachelor of Science or equivalent; a Master of Science or equivalent; and a Bachelor-plus, e.g., B.Sc. plus 30 semester credits. Dr. Kam discussed arguments for and against exceeding the B.Sc. requirement.
He reported on extensive discussions that were conducted by the EAB with pertinent IEEE communities including, the IEEE Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities (CTAA), the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA), the IEEE Accreditation Policy Council (APC), IEEE-USA, the IEEE EAB, and the IEEE Board of Directors. An article by Moshe Kam and Arnold Peskin presenting arguments for and against changes in the status quo with respect to the FPD in Engineering was published in the September 2007 issue of The Institute, and IEEE members were asked to weigh in on the issues outlined. About 300 responses were received, read and analyzed. Several regional organizational units were invited by EAB to provide additional input.
The resulting position statement as submitted in Agenda Tab 3c does not support changes in the current practice of recognizing the four-year baccalaureate degree as the FPD in Engineering in most regions of the world. Following his presentation, Dr. Kam discussed changes introduced to address concerns by IEEE-USA. During discussion, further revisions were provided by IEEE-USA member Greg Vaughn. Dr. Kam stated that he would provide to the Board of Directors the revisions from IEEE-USA. A motion to endorse the Proposed IEEE Position Statement on the First Professional Degree (FPD) in Engineering as revised for recommendation to the Board of Directors was unanimously approved. (Agenda Tab 3c)
j. Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Eta
Kappa Nu – Jamieson, Irwin, Eisenstein, Gowen
Dr. Kam announced that the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu would take place during the EAB Meeting. He introduced IEEE President Leah Jamieson, HKN President J. David Irwin, HKN Vice President Bruce Eisenstein and IEEE Foundation President and HKN Past President Richard Gowen, who signed the MOU. Following the signing ceremony, Drs Jamieson, Irwin and Gowen provided remarks to the EAB.
k. DISCUSSION: Funding of Observer Visits and Program Evaluators
Across Borders – Kam
Dr. Kam lead a discussion of the following issues:
l. DISCUSSION: US Accreditation Costs -
Dr. Kam lead a discussion of US accreditation costs.
(Minutes Attachment 2 – VP Report)
62. EAB OPERATING COMMITTEE (OpCom) MEETING 16 November. – Kam
The EAB OpCom met on 16 November 2007. (Minutes Attachment 3)
63. FINANCE COMMITTEE (FinCom) REPORT – Hodges
FinCom Chair David Hodges reported on the 2007 and 2008 budget, which included:
b. Key Metrics
c. Strategic Focus: To be the resource of choice on non-academic education in engineering, computing and technology for IEEE members, the profession the pre-university community, the academic community.
d. 2008 New Initiatives: RWEP; TISP expansion; Self-Funding Initiatives: Standards
Modules; Standards Workshops; Expert Now IEEE “clusters”
e. 2008 Budget, Budget analysis
(Minutes Attachment 4 – Confidential Material)
64. ACCREDITATION POLICY COUNCIL (APC) REPORT – Baker
APC Chair David Baker provided a report, which included:
a. ABET Renumbered Criteria: Published with 2007-08 criteria; Most APC responses were incorporated: Implementation in 2008-09 cycle.
b. ABET Society Summit: Share best practices on program evaluation processes.
40 participants from 20 ABET Member Societies.
c. ABET Program Evaluator (PEV) Application form.
CEAA and CTAA Concerns:
d. IEEE 2008 PEV Application Form
e. Recommendations for ABET PEV Form
g. Mentor: Roles and responsibilities will change
h. November 2007 ABET Board of Directors Meeting
i. APC Actions: Reviewed, provided input, and endorsed changes to accreditation charters, IEEE Positions Statement on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Engineering, Computing and Technology and IEEE Position Statement on FPD in Engineering.
j. Written Reports
65. ABET BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING – NOVEMBER 2007 – Peskin
IEEE Representative to ABET Board of Directors Arnold Peskin provided a report of the November 2007 ABET Board of Directors Meeting. This meeting marked the 75th Anniversary of ABET.
a. The major topic of the meeting regarded financial matters.
b. ABET Board Operations Task Group: This group is the result of a number of IEEE recommendations for reform. ABET Staff has partially implemented prior recommendations, primarily in the areas of transparency and engagement. The next teleconference meeting of this group is scheduled for 6 February 2008.
c. ABET Partnership to Advance Volunteer Excellence (PAVE) Project: PAVE includes a large training component with financial implications. Society survey and Society Summit helped capture best practices; PEV Training fully implemented; usable application expected this year; Should go into maintenance mode within one year; Financial ramifications - there are additional economiesto be derived by scaling down training plans
d. International Accreditation: Full implementation is in progress.
e. Liabilities associated with the word “safety” in EAC criteria .
f. ABET will levy a fee for Observer attendance at meetings.
g. Approved established ABET Foundation to support special projects
h. 2007-2008 ABET Board of Directors: Skip Fletcher new ABET President; Joe Sussman President-elect; Bruce Eisenstein succeeds Arnie Peskin as IEEE Director.
i. Strategic Management Initiative: Developing guiding principles.
(Minutes Attachment 6)
66. TryEngineering.org – DEMONSTRATION – Outman/Yee
Dr. Kam welcomed Mr. Alex Outman and Mr. Bryan Yee of Contempt Productions, Inc., who provided a status report and demonstration of theTryEngineering.org web site.
In January 2006, Contempt Products began working with IEEE Pre-University team; including Dr. Kam, EA MD Douglas Gorham, Education Outreach Program Manager, Yvonne Pelham, and, the other sponsors of TryEngineering.org, IBM and the New York Hall of Science, to develop the site. The site was launched in June, 2006. Since then, work has continued to improve the user experience and to expand content offering.
Further, the focus of the site was expanded from the US. and Canada to a more international audience. TryEngineering is now available in English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Portuguese and Arabic are expected to be added in 2008. “Find a University” a searchable database of accredited engineering institutions, now includes 23 countries covering over 1600 institutions.
“Play Games” is a collection of the best engineering games found on-line. It is the most popular section and is instrumental in encouraging students to develop their interests in engineering. Moreover, many of the games have significant educational value, which can be used in a classroom setting as well as for self-directive learners who want a sense of what engineers do and the types of problem-solving skills that are necessary to become an engineer.
Mr. Outman also discussed the recently-launched companion site to TryEngineering.org, Accreditation.org, which provides on-line resources on accreditation of academic programs in engineering, engineering technology and computing. The site is linked to TryEngineering.org and provides an effective means for the TryEngineering.org audience, especially school counselors, to understand the importance of accreditation. The launching of the companion site also creates a network of interlinking sites, which is key to building search engine traffic for all the sites involved. A discussion followed.
67. INVITED SPEAKER: PLANTING THE SEEDS OF CHANGE - K-12 ENGINEERING EDUCATION – Spicer
Dr. Kam introduced Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL), at the Museum of Science, Boston. The Museum of Science has long been a national leader in the field of informal science and technology education. Dr. Spicer was instrumental in establishing the new Massachusetts technology/engineering curriculum framework with Museum of Science President and Director, Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis. Dr. Miaoulis founded the NCTL in 2004 to enhance knowledge of technology nationwide and inspire the next generation of engineers and innovators.
The NCTL has engaged students and teachers nationwide in learning about engineering and technology through the development and implementation of two curricular programs. Engineering is Elementary: Engineering and Technology Lessons for Children (EiE), for elementary students; and Engineering the Future: Science, Technology, and the Design Process (EtF), for high school students. The programs aim to teach basic technology concepts and engineering skills to all students. These research-based curricular programs have undergone intensive testing during their development and are now starting to be used by teachers across the United States and internationally. (Minutes Attachment 8)
68. GLOBAL ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE (CGAA) REPORT – de la O Serna
CGAA Chair Jose Antonio de la O Serna reported on the following activities:
69. PRE-UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE (PECC) – Winston
PECC Chair Arthur Winston reported on the International Conference: Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators held9-11 November 2007 in Munich, Germany. He discussed background information surrounding the event and provided and overview of the conference sessions. The conference focused on presenting and analyzing relevant data on the engineering labor markets and the educational systems that train and educate engineers. The primary objective was to develop recommendations to the relevant constituents (ministries of education, industry, and engineering and education colleges) based on data and the best available forecasts and projections.
The event was sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, Siemens, IEEE Life Members Committee, IEEE Education Society and IEEE EAB. Over 135 participants from 26 countries (representing industry, academia and government organizations) were in attendance.
70. PUBLIC AWARENESS COMMITTEE (PAC) REPORT – Bell
PAC Chair Amy Bell reported on the EAB/WIE Joint New Initiative, Real World Engineering Projects (RWEP). This is a two-year New Initiative with a total budget of $380K. IEEE will provide ECE and CS faculty with first-year, discovery-based projects that focus on “real-world” problems with solutions that impact society, and on-line, self-study workshops on the best pedagogical techniques for the engineering/computer science classroom. Dr. Bell reported on project timelines; abstract submissions and review; proposal submissions and review; and project awards.
The benefits to IEEE:
Future projects include: RWEP portal development; assessment plan and tool development for understanding impact on student outcomes; publishing and promoting inaugural projects; a new leader for RWEP. (Minutes Attachment 10)
71. AWARDS AND RECOGNITION COMMITTEE (ARC) REPORT – Eisenstein
ARC Chair Bruce Eisenstein reported that the 2007 EAB Awards Presentation Ceremony of 16 November was very successful. Awards were presented to the following recipients:
Jan Van der Spiegel
The Vice President’s Recognition Award will be presented to John L. Hennessy at a future date.
(Minutes Attachment 11)
72. IEEE AWARDS PROGRAM - HONORS CEREMONY 2008 – Hodges
Awards Board Vice Chair David Hodges provided an update of the IEEE Awards Program, which honors members and other professionals for their service to society. He reported that the IEEE Honors Ceremony, which usually is held in conjunction with the June Meeting Series, will be held in conjunction with Sections Congress 2008 (SC’08). The events are scheduled in Quebec City Convention Center; Honors Ceremony, 20 September; and SC08, 19-20 September. These two events were last held together in 1990 in Toronto. SC’08 participants are encouraged to attend the 2008 IEEE Honors Ceremony that will be hosted by 2008 IEEE President Lewis M. Terman. Those not planning to attend SC’08 but wish to join the Honors Ceremony may request an invitation. The Honors Ceremony theme is “Innovating to Meet the World’s Challenges.” (Minutes Attachment 12)
Dr. Hodges reported that in February 2008 the EAB will be asked to consider whether to add partial or full support for the IEEE James H. Mulligan Medal (formerly the Education Medal) to the 2009 budget. The award was established in 1956 by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and continued by the Board of Directors of the IEEE. This Medal recognizes the importance of an educator's contributions to the vitality, imagination, and leadership of engineering education. It is presented annually to an individual for a career of outstanding contributions to education in IEEE fields of interest.
74. THE IEEE COMMITTEE ON EARTH OBSERVATION (ICEO)– Wiener
Dr. Kam welcomed Dr. Tom Wiener, Chair-elect of the IEEE ICEO, who provided a presentation of ICEO current activities. The purpose of the committee is “to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.” The ICEO is a TAB Standing Technical Committee that supports international efforts to create a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) for applying Earth observation data and information for societal benefits. Participants in this effort include IEEE-SA, TAB, EAB, and RAB; Dr. Wiener pointed out that the system of systems (SoS) requires the broad range of skills embodied in the IEEE membership from SoS engineering and communication to standards and information applications. (Minutes Attachment 14)
75. NOMINATIONS AND APPOINTEMNTS COMMITTEE (N & A) COMMITTEE
REPORT – Tien
N & A Chair James Tien congratulated Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou on being elected 2008 Vice President for Educational Activities. He invited nominations for 2008 EAB committee chairs and other committee positions. (Minutes Attachment 15)
76. MARKETING AND SALES COMMITTEE REPORT - Tien
Marketing and Sales Committee Representative Tien provided a status report.
52. PUBLICATION SERVICES AND PRODUCTS BOARD (PSPB) – Tien
EAB Representative to the PSPB Tien provided an update of PSPB activities.
52. PSPB PROGRESS REPORT – Baillieul
Dr. Kam welcomed Vice President, IEEE Publication Services and Products, John Baillieul, who presented a progress report of PSPB activities. His report included a presentation of the IEEE Principles for Scholarly Publishing.
ACTION: APPROVAL OF IEEE Principles For Scholarly Publishing
Following Dr. Baillieul‘s report, a motion was made for EAB endorsementof the IEEE Principles for Scholarly Publishing as proposed by PSPB.
During discussion, in response to a request for clarification of the motion, Dr. Baillieul explained that the PSPB proposal was for endorsement of the following from Slide 7 of his presentation:
“IEEE Principles of Scholarly Publish: Nine points that guide our efforts: Society benefits from the ability of scholarly publishers to launch, sustain, promote, and develop technical publications. Society also benefits from the commitment and experience that scholarly publishers bring to the challenge of archival preservation of electronic content to ensure the availability of published literature for future generations.”
The motion was unanimously approved. (Minutes Attachment 16)
77. ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT HEADS
ASSOCIATION (ECEDHA) - Smith
Dr. Kam welcomed ECEDHA President, Dr. Mark J. T. Smith who provided an update of ECEDHA activities.
78. EDUCATING ENGINEERS FOR A GLOBAL WORLD – Melsa
Dr. Kam welcomed American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) President Dr. James Melsa who provided an update of ASEE activities that included:
79. EXECUTIVE SESSION – Kam
Relations with External Organizations were reviewed. There were no motions and no decisions.
80. CLOSING REMARKS – Kam
Dr. Kam thanked EAB volunteers and staff for their support of Educational Activities during the year and ask all to join him in looking forward to a productive new year.
81. NEXT MEETING – Kam
16 February 2008
82. ADJOURNEMENT - Kam
A motion to adjourn at 4:24 pm was approved.
 A preliminary agenda was provided on the World Wide Web. An agenda book was offered to the EAB, if needed; the meeting was conducted with electronic access to the agenda and presentations.