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UTTC to host technology education workshop
19 May 2004

BISMARCK, ND - United Tribes Technical College will host a technology education workshop June 11-12 for faculty and staff of the nation's tribal colleges and universities. It's one of a series of technology education workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and conducted by ABET, Inc., a nationally recognized accrediting organization.

      "For this workshop we're working with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the American Indian College Fund," said George Peterson, Executive Director, ABET's Technological Education Initiative. "It's specifically for the tribal college community."

      The purpose of the two-day workshop is to promote continuous quality improvement and outcomes assessment in technological education through faculty guidance and initiative.

      "Representatives from several tribal colleges and universities helped shape this workshop to meet the needs of the tribal college community," said Peterson.

      ABET is a recognized accrediting organization for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. It's among the most respected accreditation organization in the country and has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years. The organization currently accredits some 2,500 programs at over 550 colleges and universities nationwide.

      ABET partners with the NSF and key industries and organizations nationwide to conduct regional faculty workshops through the NSF funded Technological Education Initiative (TEI).

      The majority of workshop participants are engineering technology and information technology faculty from two-year and four-year ABET-accredited and non-accredited programs. Also welcomed are mathematics, communications, and other faculty and staff who are collaborating with their technology colleagues.

      The following topics are included in a TEI Workshop:
          *Overview of ABET and 'value added' of the accreditation process
          *Overview of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
          *Adaptation of CQI to the improvement of colleges' technical programs
          *Assessment methodologies for technical programs

      Participants will come away from the workshop with a better understanding of continuous quality improvement, said Peterson. They will gain knowledge about student learning outcomes and how to develop an assessment plan that focuses on what students know and are able to do. The tools and strategies they learn at the workshop will also enable them to be excellent resources for a regional accreditation process.

      The workshop begins at approximately 8 a.m. Friday, June 11 and adjourns not later than 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

      There is no registration fee; travel expenses will be reimbursed for those participants who attend the entire workshop. Travel costs include airfare/mileage to the workshop site, hotel, meals, and approved miscellaneous expenses (taxi, parking, etc.). Lunch and morning and afternoon breaks will be provided each day.

      A registration form can be obtained at www.abet.org/tei or register online at www.peopleware.net/1989 and link to "TEI Regional Faculty Workshops."

      Once processed, participants will receive an email confirmation including hotel information. A detailed workshop agenda and other pertinent information will be sent via e-mail approximately one week before the event.

      For more information contact Peggie Weeks, Adjunct Program Manager, 607-292-6116 or mweeks@abet.org.


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