Accreditation criteria

ABEEK CRITERIA FOR
ACCREDITING COMPUTING PROGRAMS (KCC2015)

All computing programs seeking accreditation from the Computing Accreditation Committee of ABEEK shall provide with four or more years of outcome-based education. The programs must satisfy the following eight criteria.

  1. Program Educational Objectives
  2. Program Outcomes
  3. Curriculum
  4. Students
  5. Faculty
  6. Educational Environment
  7. Program Improvement
  8. Program Criteria
Criterion 1. Program Educational Objectives

The computing program must establish and periodically review program educational objectives.

  1. 1.1 The program must publish program educational objectives that are consistent with the missions of the educational institution, the needs of the program's constituencies including industries, and evolving social conditions.
  2. 1.2 The program must regularly review its program educational objectives and amend them if necessary.
Criterion 2. Program Outcomes

The computing program must establish in accordance with its program educational objectives program outcomes that indicate knowledge, skills and attitudes of its students by the time of graduation. The attainment of the program outcomes must be evaluated via a documented process.

  1. 2.1The program must have program outcomes that align with program educational objectives. Additional program outcomes may be articulated if they are deemed necessary.
    1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, basic sciences, liberal arts, computing and information technology to the solution of computing problems
    2. an ability to verify theories or algorithms through formulae or program coding
    3. an ability to define and model computing problems
    4. an ability to apply latest information, research-based knowledge and appropriate tools including programming languages to the solution of computing problems
    5. an ability to design hardware or software systems to meet user requirements within realistic constraints
    6. an ability to contribute to project team output in the solution of computing problems
    7. an ability to communicate effectively under diverse situations
    8. an ability to understand the impact of computing solutions in the context of health and safety, economics, society and environment
    9. an ability to understand the impact of computing solutions in the context of health and safety, economics, society and environment
    10. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning in the context of technological change
  2. 2.2 The program must have in place a documented process for assessing program outcomes.
  3. 2.3The program must assess program outcomes by applying the documented process.
Criterion 3. Curriculum

The computing program must provide an integrated curriculum that lead to the achievement of program outcomes. The curriculum must satisfy minimum credit requirement of each subject area and be appropriately managed. One credit is the equivalent of one lecture hour every week for one semester.

  1. 3.1The program must set up and sustain curriculum that lead to the achievement of program outcomes.
  2. 3.2The curriculum must require minimum of 18 credits of mathematics and basic sciences.
  3. 3.3The curriculum must require minimum of 60 credits of computing and related topics including design, experiment and practice components. The design component must include an entry-level design course and a capstone design course.
  4. 3.4The curriculum must include liberal arts subject that complements the other subject areas in the achievement of program outcomes.
Criterion 4. Students

The computing program must demonstrate that its students are properly advised in the attainment of program outcomes.

  1. 4.1Student performance must be systematically evaluated.
  2. 4.2Student must be advised on academic progress including curricular and graduation requirements.
  3. 4.3The program must enforce criteria and procedures to assure that each student meets all program requirements upon graduation.
Criterion 5. Faculty

The faculty must hold relevant professional qualifications and actively participate in program improvement.

  1. 5.1 The number and make-up of the faculty must be sufficient to provide adequate coverage of all curricular subject areas, and to provide adequate counseling to students.
  2. 5.2Faculty members must actively participate in continuous improvement of the program.
  3. 5.3Faculty commitment to program improvement must be reflected in the assessment of faculty performance and in determining promotion.
Criterion 6. Educational Environment

The computing program must build and maintain adequate environment, and the institution must provide adequate support to the program.

  1. 6.1The program must set up and sustain an administrative system for program delivery.
  2. 6.2Adequate financial resources, space, facilities, and equipment must be secured and maintained by the program.
  3. 6.3Administrative staff and teaching assistants must be adequate for program delivery.
Criterion 7. Program Improvement

The computing program must engage in continuous quality improvement.

  1. 7.1Results of the program outcomes assessment and curricular delivery must be analyzed.
  2. 7.2Results of the program outcomes assessment and curricular delivery must be analyzed.
  3. 7.3The analyses results must lead to continuous quality improvement of the program.
Criterion 8. Program Criteria

Each computing program must satisfy applicable program criteria listed below. The program can be matched with one of the program criteria listed below, which are subject to periodic *review. The program that does not match with the corresponding administrative unit of the institution may still be accredited.

  • Program criteria for computer science (engineering) and similarly named computing programs
  • Program criteria for multimedia (engineering) and similarly named computing programs
  • Program criteria for information technology (engineering) and similarly named computing programs
  • Program criteria for information security (engineering) and similarly named computing programs
  • Program criteria for inter- or multi-disciplinary, engineering science, engineering physics and similarly named engineering programs
The Accreditation Criteria Committee reviews any request for changing of the Criteria and the ABEEK Board of Directors renders final decision on the request.
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