Increasing the value of professional body computer science degree accreditation

Irons, Alastair, Crick, Tom, Davenport, James, Hanna, Paul and Prickett, Tom (2020) Increasing the value of professional body computer science degree accreditation. In: 2021 SIGCSE Technical Symposium, 13-20 Mar 2021, Totonto, Canada. (In Press)

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Abstract

The purpose of this poster is to share the progress related to an evaluation of international professional body computer science degree accreditation, framed through an ongoing national review in the United Kingdom (UK). While this review substantially focuses on the UK, other countries, including South Africa and Ireland, have adopted a similar accreditation regime; furthermore, this work is evaluated in the context of the Washington Accord review, taking into account the memorandum’s pressure for increased consistency in the UK. In parallel with this international review, the UK’s Engineering Council is seeking to enhance and modernise the processes and procedures for degree accreditation (which covers the award of the professional title of Chartered Engineer) and the introduction of the new set of accreditation expectations on approved institutions. The current UK computer science degree accreditation review was initiated following two major national reviews in 2016 looking at the value of both STEM and computer science degree accreditation, which included the value of accreditation to universities, students and employers; what accreditation tells us about graduate level outcomes in Computer Science; and the role of the professional body is having in help shape accreditation as a mainstay of the professional body agenda. This poster presents work-in-progress to better understand the value of professional body accreditation in computer science, as well as how to co create improved outcomes for all accreditation stakeholders.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accreditation, graduate employability, undergraduate curricula, UK
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 15:17
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 15:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44850

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