Increasing the Value of Professional Body Computer Science Degree Accreditation

Alastair Irons, Tom Crick, James H. Davenport, Tom Prickett

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Abstract

This poster shares the progress related to an evaluation of computer science degree professional body 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 impetus 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 includes the award of the protected professional title "Chartered Engineer") and the introduction of the new set of accreditation expectations on approved institutions. The review includes consideration of the value of accreditation to universities, students and employers. It was initiated in 2016 following two major national reviews looking at computer science and wider STEM degree accreditation. The intent is 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2021 - Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1336-1336
Number of pages1
EditionMarch 2021
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380621
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2021
Event52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2021 - Virtual, Online, USA United States
Duration: 13 Mar 202120 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2021 - Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Conference

Conference52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2021
CountryUSA United States
CityVirtual, Online
Period13/03/2120/03/21

Keywords

  • accreditation
  • graduate employability
  • UK
  • undergraduate curricula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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