Comparison and Integration of TQA ABET and AUN-QA for Quality Assurance of Engineering Education

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Puranut Wongkamonrat
Natcha Thawesaengskulthai

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Quality assurance in engineering education is vital to ensure that the expectation of stakeholders including graduates, employers of the engineering graduates, and professors are met and hence enhance their satisfaction level. The diversity of criteria can make it difficult for an institution to choose the appropriate criteria for their institutions. The purpose of this paper are (1) to compare the three international quality assurance criteria of Thailand Quality Award (TQA Criteria), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET Criteria) and ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUNQA Criteria) and (2) to integrate these three assessments for program QA framework development at the engineering institution. The study used in-depth literature review on these criteria. The authors compared the criteria scoped at the program level of teaching and learning using a matrix diagram and an affinity diagram. Similarities and differences among the three widely adopted QA criteria in ASEAN are presented. The comparative result shows that TQA Criteria focused on overall QA management system while AUN-QA Criteria focused on the learning and teaching process but ABET Criteria focused on program outcomes. This article contributes to distinguish the TQA, ABET, and AUN-QA and proposes a conceptual framework of the integrated QA System.

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