CDIO and Quality Assurance: Using the Standards for Continuous Program Improvement

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Abstract

The CDIO Initiative is a world-wide collaboration of engineering programs at universities in more than 16 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Collaborators have developed a set of 12 standards, or best practices, that characterize the CDIO approach to engineering education and provide the basis for program evaluation. This standards-based program evaluation extends the evaluative criteria of ABET’s EC2000 and other outcomes-based approaches. Evidence of overall program value is collected from multiple sources, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Evidence and results, forming the basis of decisions about the program and its plans for continuous improvement, are important components of most Quality Assurance schemes.