Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
April 7, 2017
April 7, 2017
April 8, 2017
Abstract Professional accreditation has become a defacto standard that implies quality of curricula and graduates. ABET has become an international accreditation body that accredits more than 550 programs in more than 28 countries outside the United States. While the focus in recent years has been on having a continuous improvement process that closes the loop and provides improvement that ensures a high quality education, there are many issues that programs must document and address in the self-study report to ensure a smooth accreditation visit. Such issues range from making sure that policies and guidelines which meet ABET criteria are in place to keeping records that provide needed evidence. Understanding accreditation policies, procedures, and requirements greatly improves a program’s ability to manage processes while getting ready to prepare the self-study report in anticipation for the accreditation visit. Programs may seek help from professional organizations, including ABET, who provide many helpful online resources and hands-on training workshops. Such workshops provide attendees with a good understanding of the basic processes and procedures of the accreditation process. They also describe what to expect during the on-site visit and what the due process entails. The paper will review the basic ABET Criteria that need to be fulfilled to ensure a successful accreditation visit. This is discussed from the perspective of an institution that has been recently visited for its engineering technology programs and is preparing for a similar visit for its engineering programs. This information should be especially helpful to programs that plan to go through accreditation for the first time.
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