Policies & Procedures Manual and Operations Handbooks: Section 7

Updated June 2019

Section 7 Professional and Educational Activities

7.1 RESPONSIBILITIES

The Professional and Educational Activities Board (PEAB) recognizes that all segments of our profession require educational preparation in the computing disciplines. In addition, they require lifelong learning and professional engagement within their communities.

The PEAB shall provide leadership in the Computer Society for activities related to the education of a computer-literate population, as well as for the pre-professional and professional activities of practitioners engaged in disciplines such as computer engineering, computer science, information technology, information systems, systems engineering and software engineering.

The PEAB supports these goals by establishing and maintaining programs that address the on-going needs for professional development in areas including relevant bodies of knowledge characterization, best practices, competencies, ethics, performance norms, and terminology. It recommends, evaluates, initiates, and nurtures products and services for practitioners and employers.

7.2 MEMBERSHIP

The PEAB shall be chaired by the vice president for professional and educational activities as provided in the bylaws of the IEEE Computer Society. Voting membership shall consist of the five chairs of the standing committees plus one at-large member and the secretary. All standing committee chairs, the at-large member and the secretary are appointed annually by the vice president for professional and educational activities in consultation with the Society president. PEAB membership shall include computing practitioners and computing educators. The secretary shall maintain PEAB rosters, organize and support PEAB meetings, draft meeting agendas, collect and archive meeting documents, draft meeting minutes, and conduct ballots.

In addition, the vice president for professional and educational activities shall appoint liaisons to other appropriate IEEE areas of operation, and shall recommend to the Executive Committee the appointment of Computer Society Representatives to external organizations, such as CSAB, as appropriate. Members of the PEAB shall be members of the Computer Society and shall be encouraged to be members of the IEEE. Members may vote immediately upon appointment.

7.3 STANDING COMMITTEES

The PEAB is composed of the following standing committees. Members of each standing committee shall be appointed annually by the vice president for professional and educational activities in consultation with the standing committee chair.

7.3.1 Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee (PEAB-BD) shall work to support marketing efforts to develop domestic and international strategic relationships with academic institutions, industry leaders, and executives at potential and existing clients. The PEAB-BD focuses on improving the organization’s market visibility, position and future financial growth.

The PEAB-BD would define long-term strategic product goals, build key customer relationships, identify business opportunities, develop and maintain knowledge of industries and government agencies. The PEAB-BD will also assist in managing existing client relationships to ensure they stay satisfied and positive. The committee will need to meet regularly, and will be prepared to make presentations on solutions and services that meet or predict the future needs of clients.

The PEAB-BD shall work with the Professional Education Products Committee to establish professional education products identified by customers.

7.3.2 Professional Education Products Committee

The Professional Education Product Committee (PEAB-PEP) shall work with the PEAB-BD to develop professional education products identified by customers. The PEAB-PEP will determine the level quality acceptable for IEEE CS educational materials offered. .

Product delivery will be accomplished through utilizing online resources, e-learning courses, distance learning courses, continuing education courses, professional development seminars, and tutorials. This will be accomplished through:

  • working with the discipline-specific committees,
  • evaluating existing products (internally or externally), or
  • collaborating with Global Partners.

The PEAB-PEP shall provide subject matter experts to offer support and technical advice to the Society staff charged with production of courses and other educational products, and with other Society entities as requested.

7.3.3 Curriculum and Accreditation Committee

The Curriculum and Accreditation Committee (PEAB-CA) is responsible for college and university curriculum and accreditation efforts for the PEAB and the IEEE Computer Society. With regard to curriculum, most of these efforts are centered on the development of bodies of knowledge, model curricula and curriculum standards. In this regard, the PEAB-CA Committee appoints various task forces and groups to coordinate specific curriculum efforts as they arise within the computing community

With regard to accreditation, the PEAB-CA Committee is responsible for managing CSAB (Computer Science Accreditation Board), which represents the IEEE-CS to ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), which is the national leader in engineering and computing accreditation. CSAB represents the IEEE Computer Society on the ABET Board, conducts volunteer recruitment, and assists in training. The PEAB-CA Committee appoints members to the CSAB Board and provides policy and direction to ABET through its engagement with CSAB.

7.3.4 Enterprise Information Technology Committee

The Enterprise Information Technology Discipline-specific Committee (PEAB-EIT) shall make recommendations to PEAB regarding programs that serve the information technology community. When appropriate, a liaison relationship with appropriate technical councils, technical committees, and/or standards committees may be established.

The PEAB-EIT shall provide subject matter experts and offer support and technical advice to PEAB-CA in curriculum development for programs in information technology and accreditation of computing programs.

7.3.5 Engineering Disciplines Committee

The Engineering Discipline-specific Committee (PEAB-ED) shall make recommendations to the PEAB regarding programs that serve the computer, software, and systems engineering communities. When appropriate, a liaison relationship with relevant technical councils, technical committees, and/or standards committees may be established.

The PEAB-ED shall provide subject matter experts and offer support and technical advice to the PEAB-CA in curriculum development for programs in areas of engineering and accreditation of engineering programs.

7.4 OTHER COMMITTEES

Ad hoc committees may be created by action of the PEAB. These committees will have a defined purpose and will be constituted for no more than 12 months. After 12 months, the ad hoc committee must be rejustified within the PEAB. Unless otherwise provided by the action of the PEAB, the chair and the members of any ad hoc committee shall be appointed annually by the vice president of professional and educational activities and serve at his discretion.