SIGITE is highly involved in IT accreditation activities. It’s members serve as program evaluators and the members sit on the accreditation boards.
A significant amount of the SIGITE membership is comprised from the faculty of accredited IT programs. IT programs are accredited by ABET and CSAB.
As of February 2017, universities with accredited IT programs include:
ABET, Inc., is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 75 years. Criteria for IT program ABET accreditation can be downloaded here. Accreditation activities for IT are conducted by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.
CSAB is the lead society within ABET for accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering, and information technology, and is a cooperating society for accreditation of computer engineering, biological engineering, and information engineering technology. In this capacity, CSAB has a responsibility for the development of accreditation criteria and for the selection and training of program evaluators. Persons interested in becoming program evaluators can fill out an application. Faculty with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and IT professionals within industry are encouraged to apply.
SIGITE has created a summary of accreditation criteria and can be found Accreditation_Summary.
The full criteria for ABET accreditation of information technology programs can be found here. Programs need to meet requirements specified in both the Accreditation Policies and Procedures Manual and the Criteria for Accrediting Computing Programs documents.
The SIGITE Conference for IT Education is a great place to network with those deeply involved with IT accreditation.
There are often papers presented and workshops held on accreditation at the conference.
This past weekend I attended and presented at the SIGITE Conference located in Midland, Michigan. It was the second weekend in a row that I was going to be gone, and all of that in the middle of the quarter, so I wasn’t as enthusiastic going into it as I normally am about conferences. As it turns out it was the best conference experience I’ve had in a long time!
The sessions at the conference are scheduled so that each talk has a 45-minute slot, with 30 minutes for the presentation and 15 minutes for questions. In most of the sessions I attended, including my own, the questions were in fact intermixed with the presentation. And what a difference it makes to have more time and a more interactive environment. I got excellent feedback on my work and was able to provide a lot more background information than was on my slides because of the questions. The questions themselves were also terrific. I was impressed by the insight that the audience members had into the work. I also got good questions and offers for collaborations after the talk, but it was the interactive presentations that really had me hooked.
SIGITE is the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education. Our members include information technology faculty (teachers and researchers), students, and industry professionals.
With over 400 members worldwide, SIGITE drives the creation and dissemination of the computing discipline of information technology. The organization has created a model undergraduate curriculum and helped create accreditation guidelines for IT programs, and is now defining and promoting IT research.