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Abet Criteria 2000 And Biomedical Engineering; Some Initial Evaluator Impressions

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.76.1 - 5.76.5



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John D. Enderle

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Session 2309


John D. Enderle, University of Connecticut


The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has after almost a decade of effort developed a new program review process called “Engineering Criteria 2000,” a change from a prescriptive evaluation to one based on program defined missions and objectives with an emphasis on outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to provide the author’s general impressions of Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC2000). The author is a trained ABET biomedical engineering program evaluator who has conducted one visit under EC2000, and two evaluations under the pre- EC2000. Note clearly that information received from the ABET site visit conducted under EC2000 by the author is not revealed in this report, but rather this is a report providing a general reaction to the new review process.

I. Introduction

ABET is an organization responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and certifying the quality of engineering, engineering technology, and engineering related education in the United States. It’s vision is: “ABET will provide world leadership to assure quality and stimulate innovation in engineering, technology and applied science education.” The new evaluation procedure, EC2000, includes many of the past requirements, and also includes the practice of continuous improvement with input from constituencies, process focus, and outcome and assessment linked to objectives. The overall emphasis, as before, is to set the minimum knowledge level for entry into the engineering profession. The evaluation is based on student, faculty, facilities, 1 institutional support and financial resources linked to the program. An accompanying paper in this session describes the preparation in response to an EC2000 site visit, the EC2000 Self-Study Report. This paper focuses on a general reaction to the new review process from the standpoint of the evaluator/visitor of the biomedical engineering program. Information about ABET EC2000 and definitions are found at

II. Visit Process

Work on the site visit for the evaluator actually occurs well before the site visit with a review of the EC2000 Self-Study Report provided by the program. A detailed description of the Self- Study Report is provided in [1] with a biomedical engineering emphasis and at the ABET WWW site. The evaluator typically spends a few days thoroughly reviewing the information in the Self- Study Report and completes the Program Report form on the Curriculum Analysis, Transcript Analysis, Program Audit Form, and Faculty Analysis well before making the site visit.

Enderle, J. D. (2000, June), Abet Criteria 2000 And Biomedical Engineering; Some Initial Evaluator Impressions Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8151

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