Facilitators Stress the Importance of ABET, IEA Accreditation at College of Engineering Workshop
Endorsement of the engineering programmes of Covenant University by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) will ensure global recognition for the University and graduates of her engineering programmes as well as certify their professional competence.
That was the aggregate of the submissions made by facilitators at the 3rd edition of the College of Engineering (CoE) College-Wide Workshop, held on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the CoE Complex, Covenant University. The workshop, with the theme ‘Non-Scoring International Engineering Alliance (IEA) Accreditation’, featured faculty and staff from all the Departments in the College of Engineering.
The Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu, had in his welcome remarks said that it was necessary to hold the workshop so that everyone knows what to do about the impending accreditation being sought by Nigeria and the University from the IEA and ABET. He said the training was very important to the academic staff because most world-class universities had gone through the same process.
Making a presentation on the topic, ‘Facilitating the Facilitators’, the Lead Speaker at the workshop, Professor Joseph Akinmusuru, highlighted the criteria the University would have to meet to be considered for the IEA and ABET accreditation. According to the Professor of Civil Engineering, the parameters to be considered include academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, employer reputation, international faculty, international student, and citation per faculty. “They are the six considered when you hear a school is No. 1 in the world,” he noted.
Professor Akinmusuru, who is a programme evaluator with ABET, said that the intended outcomes include the intended results of students’ learning experience, knowledge and skills students should have at each point of graduation, and qualitative measure of effectiveness of education among others. He said that the intended curriculum would not only meet the university’s next target, but there are external demands that influence them, while professors should strive to improve themselves continuously.
Asides Professor Akinmusuru, other facilitators were Professor David Olukanni, who made a presentation on the topic, ‘Internationalising the Covenant University Curriculum and Teaching Ethics to Meet ABET Accreditation’; Professor David Orodu, with a presentation tagged ‘Upgrading Teaching Standards in Covenant University to Meet ABET’; and a presentation on the topic ‘Documentation of Curriculum Vitae Format for ABET Accreditation and Inclusion of other Engineering Courses’ by Professor Vincent Efeovbokhan.
Professor Olukanni, who acknowledged that the engineering programmes of Covenant already boast of accreditations from the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the National Universities Commission (NUC), said IEA and ABET membership gives international benchmarking and external recognition of quality and mobility; creates an avenue for improvement by faculty; and gives assurance to prospective students, graduates, prospective employers, and graduate schools on the quality of engineering programmes run by the institution and the certificate obtained by the graduates.
He said that the requirements for approval of programmes under ABET include a record of student admissions, students evaluation results and transfer courses, work in lieu of courses, graduation requirements, and transcript of recent graduates. Others, he said, are the mission statement, programme educational objectives, consistency of the programme, and programme constituencies.
While emphasizing the need for the University to upgrade before the visit of ABET, Professor Orodu said that teaching facilities must be adequate to support the attainment of outcome-based education and an atmosphere of conducive learning is essential.