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What's accreditators, precious?

This week, we're going to have the Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology (ABET) visit. It's an interesting experience, one that all "properly certified" engineering programs go through every six years.

I remember the last one, when I was new to the job, though I had a teaching assistant devoted full-time to my course then (masaga has been my "0.2 time" TA, meaning he works on my course for up to about 8-10 hours a week, and on Torben Amtoft's course the rest of the time). Thus, Songwei had more time to spend on ABET tasks than masaga (who has nevertheless been doing a good job).

I'm not worried, as we have a solid curriculum, are serious about this, and have been through it many times. It's a learning experience for both of us, though, as ABET is all about undergrad curricula, and my two courses that are being reviewed (CIS 730, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, and CIS 736, Computer Graphics), are both mixed undergrad and grad courses. Also, accreditators are not always in the department's field, nor in academia, so there are some cultural boundaries to cross.

Anyhow, I'll keep you posted. The accreditation visit happens next week. We've been putting finishing touches on the schedule, and putting out the portfolio documents that were collected last fall and this past spring. It's something like a restaurant review, though it isn't unannounced.

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Banazir

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deire
Oct. 16th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
I hope that it goes well for you. Get some sleep! :look:
banazir
Oct. 16th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, and I did!
A whole 6 hours last night!

(80 minutes the previous - :sheepish grin:
But the latest paper is out!)

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Banazir
de_profundiis
Oct. 16th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
good luck on the review
banazir
Oct. 16th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks
How are things in robot-land?

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Banazir
de_profundiis
Oct. 16th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey, thanks
Well... my team member is finishing his phd thesis therefore RcR is on hold @ the moment.
In the meanwhile, I'm currently working on a multiagent environment platform based on Quake 2 and I've finnaly come to set it properly on my sistem. I'm developing agents for team cooperation in 3d complex worlds, using all I could learn from RcR. one word describes this platform: awesome ;)

It was created by University of Rochester, NY... ever heard of it (the platform I mean)?
gondhir
Oct. 16th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
As I understand it, the UTD CS dept is trying for some kind of ABET certification. Not sure about the details, but they keep talking about it.
banazir
Oct. 17th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
ABET accreditation
Talk don't put accreditation on the table, Texan!

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Banazir
gondhir
Oct. 17th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: ABET accreditation
Undoubtedly. What I meant is that they keep talking about it to US (the students).
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