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IEEE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES BOARD (EAB)
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ, USA
15 November 2008
Draft Version 03 - for EAB Approval 14 February 2009
The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) held its third meeting of 2008 on 15 November 2008 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, New B Brunswick, NJ, USA. (A preliminary agenda was provided on the EAB Administrative Web Site.)
61.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 01 – Roll Call - Minutes 01- Attendance)
62.REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF AGENDA
a. Consent Agenda: Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou reviewed the Consent Agenda, which included:
(2.1.a) Approval of 21 June 2008 Minutes (Agenda 02a)
(2.1.b) Approval of Computer Engineering Technology Program Criteria
(2.1.c) Approval of Appointments/Reappointments of IEEE
Representatives to the EAC of ABET (Agenda 02c)
(2.1.d) Approval of PSPB Operations Manual Section 8.4.1 – Approval of
New Periodicals (Agenda 02d)
(2.1.e) Approval of PSPB Operations Manual 8.4.2 -0 Procedure for
Making a Major Change to a Publications Services or Product
The following changes were made to the Consent Agenda:
Removed: (2.1.c) Approval of Appointments/Reappointments of IEEE Representatives to the EAC of ABET (Agenda Tab2c) - to be addressed later on the Agenda.
The Consent Agenda was unanimously approved as modified.
b. Agenda: The following changes were made to the Agenda.
The Agenda was unanimously approved as modified.
63.REPORT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT – Micheli-Tzanakou
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou reported on 2008 EAB activities, which include but are not limited to: Pre-university education; University-level education; Accreditation; Post-university and continuing education; Outreach activities; and Standards in Education. She pointed out that her report was focused on new and/or expanded activities.
a. Pre-university Education
a.1 TryEngineering.org has expanded its on-line portal and has become a major resource on engineering, computing and engineering technology and is now available in eight languages. A new feature, “Bionic Arm Design Challenge will be launched before the end of the year. Between January and September, TryEngineering.org had over 3.3 million hits. exceeding the 2.5 million hits for the entire year of 2007.
a.2 Teacher In- Service Program (TISP) workshops in 2008: 5/6 April, Los Angeles; 5-6 September, Cordoba, Argentina; 26-27 September, Trinidad; 7-8 November, San Francisco. Planning is underway for another workshop with the Uruguay section.
a.3 The Nanotechnology Information Portal is under development with plans for launch by the end of the year. This portal is designed to raise the awareness of pre-university students, the general public, undergraduate students, and practicing engineers on Nanotechnology.
b. University Education
b.1 A second 2008 Technical English Program (TEP) workshop is scheduled for 19-20 December 2008 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Expansion of the program will start in Eastern Europe.
b.2 Accreditation activities in China, the Caribbean, and Peru continue.
b.3 Accreditation.org now covers nearly all accrediting agencies worldwide, and provides links to research articles and presentations about accreditation.
b.4 IEEE Standards Education Update: Redesign of website completed
Conducted market research to establish long-term plans for future standards education workshops. EA/SA Standards Education Committee (SEC) has developed a draft IEEE Policy Paper Draft, “The Role of Technical Standards in the Curriculum of Academic Programs in Engineering, Technology and Computing.” Final document to be submitted for EAB and IEEE Board of Directors approval.
c. Women in Engineering (WIE)
c.1 WIE Magazine was awarded a 2008 APEX Award for Excellence.
c.2 WIE members have conducted more than 85 Outreach events worldwide, attracting over 13,000 participants.
d. Post-university Education
d.1 IEEE Expert Now: Additional modules were added bringing total number of modules to eighty-eight; market research was conducted to provide guidance on positioning IEEE Expert Now.
d.2 An on-line portal is in development to assist in consolidating IEEE’s on-line educational offerings
d.3 A Body of Knowledge was created for Biometrics certification.
d.4 IEEE Education Partners Program (EPP): A recruitment plan is in development; EA will continue to work with MGA and other Organizational Units to promote the program as a member benefit; increase participation in the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to boost courses and revenue for CEUs program. Revenue and expense information through October indicates that for the first time, the program will have a surplus.
Web Conferences (Webinars) One-hour internet presentations, given by experts, intended to serve as an introduction to a topic and to promote other EA products. A pilot, “Introduction to Biometrics” by Arun Ross, West Virginia University, was
presented 17 October 2008. The recorded event can be downloaded or viewed at:
e. EAB Annual Activity Report to the IEEE Executive Committee: This report includes updates on recent EAB programs and a summary of 2008 activities. (Agenda 03a)
f.2008 EAB Planning Document: Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou pointed out that the current (Version 8) EAB Planning Document was provided with the Agenda, and will be accessible on the EAB Administrative web page shortly. (Agenda 03b)
g. Proposal to Increase EAB Award Travel Reimbursement for Recipients: Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou presented a proposal to increase the current EAB award recipient travel reimbursement policy. EAB currently funds up to US$1000 for recipient traveling alone or up to US$1500 for recipient traveling with a companion. A motion was made for approval. Following discussion, the motion was withdrawn. EAB agreed that this issue will require further researching of IEEE Award procedures before it is to be resolved. (Agenda 03c)
64.MANAGING DIRECTOR'S REPORT – Gorham
Managing Director–Educational Activities, Douglas Gorham, reviewed EAB’s Mission as stated in IEEE bylaws. He described the EA Department organization; discussed staff responsibilities; and reported on current activities regarding Pre-university Education, University Education, Post-university Education, EAB/Standards Association collaboration, Women in Engineering (WIE), EAB Support, and Department Management issues. His report further included:
Dr. Gorham briefly reviewed the issues addressed during the SPA Retreat regarding the EPP as reported to the EAB in June 2008. During the June EAB Meeting, the EAB agreed that the EPP should be continued with the expectation that the program would , as initially intended, remain budget neutral. He reviewed the role of the EAB Continuing Professional Education Committee (CPEC), which acts as an advisory body for the EPP.
Christopher Salicco, EA Business Manager, reported on the overall strategy, which includes a new recruitment plan, an increase in partners offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and expanded marketing efforts. He reported on revenue and expenses through October, which indicate that for the first time since its beginning the program will have a surplus.
Based on the current status that showed a surplus for the program, EAB agreed that the EPP should continue with the same expectations for remaining budget-neutral. Dr. Gorham assured the EAB that the program will continued to be monitored closely and that status reports to the EAB will continue.
(Minutes 04 – EPP Update) - Confidential Material
Dr. Gorham briefly reviewed the issues addressed during the SPA Retreat regarding IEEE Expert Now as reported to the EAB in June 2008. During the June EAB Meeting, the EAB agreed to continue the course of action presented to expand and improve IEEE Expert Now based on the findings of the market research that was underway in June and requested regular updates on the progress of the program.
Dr. Gorham reported further that on 12 November, the IEEE Board of Directors approved the 2009 budget that includes an additional $600K investment for 2009 to strategically expand IEEE Expert Now modules and continuing education offerings in areas that are aligned with marketing and sales. He discussed 2008 activities and 2009 goals.
Steve Welch, Product Manager, Continuing Education and eLearning, provided a detailed status report that included primary and secondary Market Research results, recommendations for future development of IEEE Expert Now, and recommendations for expansion of the IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board.
Karen Hawkins, Director, Product Management Information Products, reported further on the Market Research results. A discussion followed.
( Minutes 05 - IEEE Expert Now Product Update) - Confidential Material
65.FINANCE COMMITTEE (FinCom) REPORT – Kam
FinCom Chair Moshe Kam reported on (a) 2009 Budget and (b) On-Line Course Offerings in IEEE (Update of Report to IEEE FinCom 15 February 2007).
a. Educational Activities 2009 Budget: Dr. Kam reported on EAB activities which are included within the following major programs: pre-university education, university-level education, continuing education, and public education. He displayed charts which described EA headcount history, final 2007 budget, 2008 budget and 2009 target budget.
He reported on current efforts of IEEE FinCom to develop contingency plans for 2009 to address the possible impact to IEEE of the current global economic crisis, and discussed the possible impact on EAB activities.
b. On-Line Course Offerings in IEEE – Update to November 2007 Report to IEEE FinCom: Dr. Kam reported that in May 2006, IEEE FinCom requested that the EAB provide a review of all on-line courses offered by IEEE. The review included all major boards and technical societies. Dr. Kam summarized the results that were presented to the IEEE Executive Committee on 13 February 2007.
He provided an update of recommendations that the Board of Directors endorsed in February 2007. Included was a recommendation to develop a database of all courses, delivery platforms, formats and systems. Dr. Kam reported that an IEEE On-Line Education Portal is currently in development and is expected to be completed before the end of 2008. He reported on 2009 plans for the portal. ( Minutes 06 – FinCom Report) - Confidential Material
66.ACCREDITATION POLICY COUNCIL (APC) REPORT - Tappert
APC Chair Eric Tappert reported that the program evaluator on-line refresher training is now available to IEEE program evaluators. The Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA) and the Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities (CTAA) are currently evaluating the effectiveness of this tool.
The APC congratulates Jerry Brand and Joseph A. Tamashaskyas recipients of the 2008 EAB Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities. Both of these individuals have long and distinguished service to both the IEEE accreditation activities and to ABET. ( Minutes 07 - APC Report)
67.ABET PARTNERSHIP TO ADVANCE VOLUNTEER EXCELLENCE (PAVE)AND ABET GOVERNANCE – Peskin
Arnold Peskin, Past IEEE Representative to ABET, reported on the current status of the ABET Partnership to Advance Volunteer Excellent (PAVE) project.
He reported on the ABET Governance Subcommittee of the Strategic Planning Committee. He discussed a number of concerns that were expressed by the IEEE and other ABET Member Societies regarding the current ABET governance model. Concerns expressed include: ABET’s lack of response to the Member Societies; inefficiency in operations; continuous financial problems; the ABET Board is too large and unwieldy; lack of explicit representation of academe and industry; and the functional councils are not well defined. A discussion followed. ( Minutes 08 – ABET PAVE-Governance)
68.A PROPOSED IEEE CERTIFICATION FRAMEWORK –Fitzgerald/Ward-Callan Eileen Fitzgerald, EA Director of Certification, and Mary Ward-Callan, Managing Director, Technical Activities, reported on a proposed IEEE Certification Framework. They discussed current IEEE activities in certification, which are mostly done in technical units. They reported on efforts to make decisions on how to manage, organize, move forward, and how to coordinate activities if certification is to be moved to a business for the IEEE. The new certification program in Biometrics, which is in progress, might be considered as a model if successful. A discussion followed. ( Minute 09 – Certification)
69.IEEE CONFERENCES COMMITTEE – UPDATE - Weber
EAB Liaison to IEEE Conferences Committee Steven Weber reported on current issues regarding IEEE conferences including: conference technical co-sponsorship, business services technology upgrade, presentations online, policy on author no shows, publications and overhead. ( Minutes 10- IEEE Conferences Committee)
70.COMMITTEE ON GLOBAL ACCREDITATION ACTIVITIES (CGAA) – Kam
CGAA Chair Kam reviewed the mission and scope of the CGAA. The committee currently operates in China, Peru and the Caribbean:
a. China: In March 2008, EAB conducted a workshop with the Chinese Association of Science and Technology (CAST) and the Peoples Republic of China Ministry of Education. The workshop was narrated by Drs. Michael Lightner and Moshe Kam. Key Observations: attendees wanted to know how the ABET system works; there was concern about the volume of work associated with ABET-style accreditation visits. IEEE was successful in establishing IEEE credentials with Chinese Authorities, but less successful in energizing IEEE volunteers in China.
b. Peru: IEEE continues to provide assistance to the Peruvian accrediting body, ICACIT. Plans for 2008 included working with ICACIT to complete an accreditation manual, appointing 20 program evaluators, and populating accreditation committees. ICACIT is seeking a series of joint accreditation visits with ABET. Under these circumstances, additional EAB activities appear unnecessary at the present time. Future activities will await requests from the Peru Section.
c. The Caribbean (English-speaking): InApril, 2007, EAB held a preliminary review of goals and desired outcomes in Trinidad; in September 2007, held a meeting of representatives from the English-speaking Caribbean in Trinidad; and in April 2008, EAB hosted the founding meeting of the Caribbean Accreditation Council for Engineering and Technology (CACET) in San Juan, Puerto Rico where IEEE was represented by Moshe Kam, Chandrabhan Sharma, and Pedro Ray.
d. Guyana: In October 2008, EAB met with the Prime Minister of Guyana and the General Secretary of CARICOM (Caribbean Community). In 2009 EAB will continue supporting meetings and, if needed, observers/visitors in CACET accreditation visits.
Dr. Kam reported on future plans and action items for CGAA activities in Thailand, South America and South Africa. ( Minutes 11 – CGAA)
71.IEEE REPRESENTATIVE TO ABET REPORT - Kam
IEEE Representative to ABET, Moshe Kam reported on the 1 November 2008 ABET Meeting, which included:
a. ABET Personnel Changes: Dr. George Peterson no longer serves as Executive Director; In January 2009, he will be in charge of international business development.
b. Finances: Reserves continue to be low. Long-term forecasts depend heavily on success of international accreditation.
c. Travel Policy: ABET asks volunteers to sign a release form absolving ABET from all responsibility. ABET is using IEEE Program evaluators to travel to countries under US warning. The issue is not resolved.
d. Conflict of Interests: Several proposals were made on how to keep consultation separate from accreditation activities.
e. INTACT Report – Peru: The exit strategy calls for a long time involvement of ABET. ( Minutes 12- IEEE Representative to ABET)
72.AWARDS AND RECOGNITION COMMITTEE (ARC) REPORT – MacRae
ARC Chair Alfred MacRae reported on the EAB award process . He requested EAB’s participation in supporting an increase in award nominations for 2009. The 2009 “call for nominations” will be available on the EAB Awards web site in December.
Dr. MacRae reported on the 2008 EAB Awards Presentation Ceremony of 14 November. Following are the 2008 EAB Award recipients:
73.EAB INVITED SPEAKER: “Medical Diagnosis-Support System: Optimizing Pattern Recognition of Medical Data” -Chaovalitwongse
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou introduced EAB Invited Speaker, Dr. W. Art Chaovalitwongse Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Chaovalitwongse discussed recent advances in optimization and data mining used to develop a new pattern recognition framework relating to medical data signal processing apparatus. ( Minutes 14a, 14b – EAB Invited Speaker)
74.TECHNICAL ACTIVITES BOARD (TAB) REPRESENTATIVES REPORT –Hall/Wilamowski
TAB Representatives Lawrence O. Hall, and Bogdan Wilamowski reported on TAB activities.
75.PUBLICATION SERVICES AND PRODUCTS BOARD REPORT (PSPB) –Hall
PSPB Representative Larry Hall provided a report which included: Update on PSPB Operations Manual 8.4.2, Making a Major Change to a Publications Services or Product; IEEE Press; Open Access; Xplore; Conferences; and Spectrum.
76.IEEE NEW INITIATIVE – EPICS HIGH SCHOOL – Dandekar/Sinha
Society Outreach Committee Chair Kapil Dandekar and Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board Representative Saurabh Sinha reported on the Engineering projects in Community Service (EPICS). EPICS organizes university and high-school students to work on engineering-related projects for local area non-profit organizations. The purpose of IEEE New Initiative is to bring EPICS High School to IEEE.
( Minutes 16- EPICS)
77.PUBLIC AWARENESS COMMITTEE (PAC) REPORT - REAL WORLD ENGINEERING PROJECTS (RWEP) – Carletta
PAC Chair Joan Carletta provided an update of the EAB/WIE Joint Initiative RWEP. This is a two-year project (2007-2008) with a total budget of $380,000. The purpose is to provide faculty worldwide with fully developed curricula for first-year EE/CE/CS/EET team-based projects. Goals include continuing to develop the RWEP portal www.realworldengineering.org; implement assessment plan to understand impact on student outcomes; promote inaugural projects and arrange for authors to present at FIE 2009 and for a special issue in the IEEE Transactions on Education.
78.PRE-UNIVERSITY EDUCATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE (PECC) – Winston
PECC Chair Arthur Winston provided a report, which included:
(Agenda 9 – Minutes 18 – PECC)
79.CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE (CPEC) REPORT – Plataniotis
CPEC Chair Kostas Plataniotis a written report and referred to reports provided on IEEE Expert Now (See Minute 64.d Expert Now Update – Gorham/Welch)
80.SECTION OUTREACH COMMITTEE (SEOC) REPORT – Ferreira
SEOC Chair Antonio Ferreira reported on the SEOC Mission, scope and current membership. He summarized the SEOC 20 June Meeting and discussed the main issues addressed. He discussed plans to improve information delivery to Section and chapter Chairs, and the need for development of a general job description for Regions Education Chairs. ( Minutes 19– Agenda 05)
81.SOCIETY OUTREACH COMMITTEE (SOOC) REPORT – Dandekar
SOOC Chair Kapil Dandekar provided a report, which included:
a. Support for IEEE Expert Now: Working with technical societies to gather support for the creation and review of continuing education modules
b. TISP Pre-University Lesson Plans: Working with technical societies to create, review, and disseminate Pre-University lesson plans
c. Pre-University Conference Outreach: Creation of outreach sessions at major IEEE technical conferences for local area Pre-university teachers and students
(Agenda 11 – Minutes 20 – SOOC)
82.IEEE EXPERT NOW RFID SEQUENCE – Dandekar
SOOC Chair Kapil Dandekar provided a report, which included:
83.THE ROLE OF TECHNICAL STANDARDS IN THE CURRICULUM OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS IN ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTING - - Mills/Kam
Dr. Kam presented Version 05, IEEE Policy Paper: “The Role of Technical Standards in the Curriculum of Academic Programs in Engineering, Technology and Computing.” . The objective of the document is to announce the IEEE view on the desired role of standards in academic education. He explained that an early draft was presented for review and comments to the EAB during the June Meeting, and a subsequent draft was shared with EAB accreditation committees. He asked that comments to the current draft be provided by 5 December. Unless extensive discussion is needed, comments received will be incorporated and the next draft will be prepared with EAB and SA agreement, and distributed to the EAB accreditation committees for review and comment. A final draft will be submitted for approval by the IEEE Board of Directors. Comments may be sent to email@example.com. ( Minutes 23 – Standards Policy Paper)
84.IEEE-USA LIAISON TO EAB REPORT – Meredith
John Meredith, IEEE-USA Liaison to the EAB, reported on current activities of IEEE-USA including: Career and Member Services Committee; Launching your Career E-book series; and precollege education. (Agenda 13 – Minutes 24 – IEEE-USA)
85.MEMBER AND GEOGRAPHIC ACTIVITIES BOARD (MGA BOARD) REPRESENTATIVES REPORT Fisher/Sinha
MGA Board Representatives Dusty Fisher (Regions 1-6) and Saurabh Sinha (Regions 7-10)) provided a written report. (Agenda 14)
86.AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR ENGINEERING EDUCATION (ASEE) - Melsa
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) President James Melsa provided a written report. (Agenda 15)
87.ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT HEADS ASSOCIATION (ECEDHA) – Kane/Smith
ECEDHA President, Gerald R. Kane, provided a written report. (Agenda 16)
88. ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT HEADS ASSOCIATION (ECETDHA) – Land
ECETDHA Chair, Ron Land, Chair provided a written report. (Agenda 17)
88.WOMEN IN ENGINEERING COMMITTEE ACTIVITY REPORT – Panetta
WIE Chair, Karen Panetta provided a report, which included:
89.UPDATE ON ETA KAPPA NU – Eisenstein
Eta Kappa New President, Bruce Eisenstein provided an update of HKN/IEEE activities.
90.OLD BUSINESS – Kam
EAB's interim travel policy is that US-based members of EAB, its committees, and volunteers for the EAB and its committees will not travel for IEEE-EAB related business (including, but not limited to, pre-university education, university education, accreditation, continuing education, and public education) to countries or regions for which a current US State Department travel warning exists
("issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable").
Members of EAB and its committees who are not based in the US will adhere to equivalent warnings issued by the relevant government agencies.
The EAB agreed that that all volunteers who report to the EAB are to be notified officially of this policy. ( Minutes 26 – Interim Travel Policy)
“Whereas Dr. Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou has led the Educational Activities Board in 2008 as Vice President, Educational Activities;
“Whereas she has ably and diligently guided the Board to new achievements in the areas of pre-university, university-level, and continuing education;
“Whereas she has initiated new programs in Biometrics certification and public education, and has participated in person in their development and delivery;
BE IT THEN RESOLVED, that the Educational Activities Board…
“expresses its deep gratitude to Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou for her excellent service to the constituents of EAB, to the membership of IEEE, and to the Public; and
“looks forward to Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou’s advice, guidance and support in EAB’s future activities, and to her active participation in shaping EAB’s future and in contributing to the success of IEEE’s educational activities”
( Minutes 27 – VP-EA Tribute)
92.CLOSING REMARKS – Micheli-Tzanakou
Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou, expressed deep appreciation to EAB volunteers and staff for contributions during 2008 and best wishes for the future.
93.NEXT MEETING – Micheli-Tzanakou
14 February 2009
Condado Plaza Hotel, San Juan, PR
94.ADJOURNEMENT - Micheli-Tzanakou
A motion to adjourn at 5:00 pm was approved.