Originally posted by: hamishbell
The degree accreditation process involves the University in expenditure as it involes a visit from a small team of assessors for a period of time, as well as looking at the output of the course. If it will not be running the course again, or it will be incorporating the course into another degree, it would not be worth while seeking accreditation, especially as the sample is so small. This does not imply anything further as regards the standard of the course which will have to meet the Univerity's own criteria in any case.
Hi Hamish or anyone else that can input
The uni spec for my course quotes "You are invited to apply individually for accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)"
Taking on board the feedback received and further research this quote seems likes nonsense as, like you say, the UNIVERSITY have to apply for accreditation, not the individual - me!
The IET say:
"Academic accreditation services cost approximately £500 per year.
Each uni in the UK offering IET accredited programmes is required to pay the charge annually. The charge is applied annually on October 1st.
There is no restriction on the number of programmes that may be submitted per accreditation visit. Joint visits do not affect the charge. The charge has been set at a level which the IET hopes will not discourage university's from seeking joint visits.
Ideally, the IET is seeking to enable university's to present all their programmes in a single visit once every five years.
Where a uni seeks accreditation for additional programmes between these visits the IET can consider them as a paper exercise or with a smaller panel over a single day.
In exceptional cases, where this is not possible and a second full visit is required, the IET reserves the right to apply a discretionary one off charge to cover the travel and subsistence costs attributable to that visit. This charge will be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit taking place."
There are a few new degrees currently pending accreditation at my uni and one which promises to lodge an imminent application so I don't understand why they haven't offered the same for my course, maybe because it's brand new? (2 years Foundation Degree and the 3rd year BEng Tech (Hons) Renewable Energy Engineering starting Sept '12).
We discussed the sample of 5 in my class as being too small to justify seeking accreditation but, surely they have nothing to lose if the fee is just £500 annually, it doesn't matter how many programmes they've submitted and there'll already be an arranged, imminent visit from the IET.
The uni say my programme "meets the requirements of the IET as a route of approved additional learning to complete the educational requirements (in compliance with UK-SPEC) at degree-level so you can progress to IEng Membership" - Then they contradict this by saying on another, already accredited degree, "Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the programme meets the educational requirements of the IET (in compliance with UK-SPEC).
I don't see what sort of assurance I have then. What if I finish my degree and it actually didn't meet the spec? :s The worst thing would be having to complete additional modules once graduated.
Hmmm, I'm glad that I've delved further so when I speak with uni I kinda know the system so I will be less likely to be fobbed off.
Sorry for the essay!
Many thanks for your patience