Toward Competency-Based Professional Accreditation in Computing

Rajendra K. Raj, John Impagliazzo, Sherif G. Aly, David S. Bowers, Harold Connamacher, Stan Kurkovsky, Bonnie MacKellar, Tom Prickett, Maira Marques Samary

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Abstract

Program accreditation in medical or religious professions has existed
since the 1800s while accreditation of business and engineering
programs started in the early twentieth century. With this long history,
these disciplines have focused on ensuring the competence of
their graduates, as modern society demands appropriate expertise
from doctors and engineers before letting them practice their profession.
In computing, however, professional accreditation started
in the last decades of the twentieth century only after computer
science, informatics, and information systems programs became
widespread. At the same time, although competency-based learning
has existed for centuries, its growth in computing is relatively
new, resulting from recent curricular reports such as Computing
Curricula 2020, which have defined competency comprising knowledge,
skills, and dispositions. In addition, demands are being placed
on university programs to ensure their graduates are ready for
entering and sustaining employment in the computing profession.
This work explores the role of accreditation in the formation
and development of professional competency in non-computing
disciplines worldwide, building on this understanding to see how
computing accreditation bodies could play a similar role in computing.
This work explores the role of accreditation in the formation
and development of professional competency in non-computing
disciplines worldwide, building on this understanding to see how
computing accreditation bodies could play a similar role in computing.
Its recommendations are to incorporate competencies in
all computing programs and future curricular guidelines; create competency-based models for computing programs; involve industry
in identifying workplace competencies, and ensure accreditation
bodies include competencies and their assessment in their standards.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE-WGR '22
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2022 Working Group Reports on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
EditorsBrett A. Becker, Keith Quille, Mikko-Jussi Laakso, Erik Barendsen
Place of PublicationNew York, US
PublisherACM
Pages1-35
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9798400700101
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2022
EventACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE). - University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 Jul 202213 Jul 2022
Conference number: 27
https://iticse.acm.org/2022/

Conference

ConferenceACM Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE).
Abbreviated titleITiCSE 2020
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period8/07/2213/07/22
Internet address

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