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Seeking ABET accreditation for technical communication programs

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4 Author(s)
Haselkorn, M. ; Washington Univ., Seattle, WA, USA ; Davis, Marjorie T. ; Goodman, M.B. ; Nolen, B.E.

Following up on an initial presentation at IPCC 97, the paper discusses the progress made on the issues of accrediting academic degree programs under ABET. IEEE is one of the sponsoring agencies of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which accredits engineering degree programs. The Professional Communication Society plays a pivotal role in describing standards for ABET accreditation under the RAC commission (engineering-related programs). Discussion centers on the accreditation standards, showing how the criteria have been described and how sample programs could meet the criteria. The paper presents the advantages of accreditation for academic programs, for graduates of these programs, and for the industries that hire technical communicators. Additionally, discussion shows how accreditation has the potential to affect the development of the profession

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Professional Communication Conference, 1998. IPCC 98. Proceedings. 1998 IEEE International  (Volume:2 )

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23-25 Sep 1998