Education problem: Accreditation

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Literature review: Accreditation problem for Education

This “Ten Problems for Education in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. funding, 
  2. safety,
  3. technology,
  4. standardization,
  5. teachers,
  6. lifelong learning,
  7. diversity,
  8. creativity,
  9. accreditation,
  10. new trends.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

9 Accreditation

THE PROBLEM — Higher education institutions are now looking at satisfying the standard list assigned by internationally recognized accreditation agencies. One of the standards that is difficult to achieve is the graduate competency standard. Transnational references for academic accreditation such as the 1988 Bologna Accord still act as guidelines in the contemporary globalization times.

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CONCLUSIONS — Outside quality confirmation can truly influence the inward life of higher education institutions. In underdeveloped countries, for example, the results of accreditation and quality assurance are being recognized by important donor agencies. Still, human lack of awareness and resistance to change are widespread. Student affairs professional could help identify opportunities to contribute to accreditation. In general, it is required to reconstruct the practical teaching system and focus on cultivating students’ ability to solve complex problems. Principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy, as agreed for example in the 1988 Bologna Accord, still act as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding. In China, the training direction of higher engineering talents has developed from the initial “professional engineer” and “knowledge engineer” to the “comprehensive engineer” under an interdisciplinary background. To minimize the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19, Higher Education Institutions should be collectively engaged with stakeholders for long-term value creation. Most of remote engineering students agree that the PicSimLab should be adopted in some way in the Embedded Systems in-class course. By forcing the wearing of masks and increasing the use of telemedicine, the COVID-19 pandemic has focused the minds of healthcare professionals on communicating with people with hearing loss.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Education in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

booklet updated on 26 Jan 2021, now on sale as version 1.1

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