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This is an email I sent at some point to explain to a junior colleague the notion of an education reference framework which was a deliverable of a large research project proposal.
Let X be your favorite government, agency etc. X wants a reference education framework and, typically, has set aside a sizeable budget you want apply for or a certification programme you would.
Disclaimer: As you can imagine, if you need to be told, numbers of hours and subjects are illustrative [i.e. appropriately invented].
Something like the ACM/IEEE recommended Curriculum for Computer Science and Engineering. To call yourself Computer Scientist according to the ACM/IEEE your degree program must have :
For each of those subjects the document spell out what is supposed to be done in the 20hrs of KissMyAss to be call that way and not BendYouKnee. Hours and selection of topics are objective and never depend on whoever among The Goods & The Greats was in that committee (Homework 1). But let's not get drawn into revolutionary thoughts.
Another exampe is the DHS effort which created knowledge areas (aka superset of courses) and said
You have to collect all reasonable areas and extend them to few pages of
rant detailed description that extend into a document showing that 20hrs of BendYouKnee (US) are more or less the same as 15hrs of KissMyHand (UK).
It might be that multple nations are involved in which case
you and some chum of yours TheG&TheG Committe of reknown scientists then show that 15hrs with 6hrs Lab KissMYHand (UK) are equal to 25hrs of BaciaManinaTestaChina (IT) and 2liters of GewurzTraminerHalbTrocken (AT).
So we end with an “aligned educational feamework” and X is happy to recommend, make it mandatory, whatever to all its stakeholders.
You shouldn't be worried of bringing nations to racks and ruins as
From your personal perspective, dropping few words on it helps securing a cushy academic job if the head of a degree program sitting in the interview panel has an accreditation meeting coming soon (but beware it will severely backfire if accreditation just passed).
So said, around 99.9% of academics think this is a very serious issue improving the quality of education. Some of them even started setting up accreditation bodies (Homework 2).