June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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ABET’s Global EngagementAs the recognized accreditor for applied science, computing, engineering, and engineeringtechnology programs in the United States (US), ABET has a long history of ensuring quality inengineering education. Although the majority of ABET’s accreditation activities are based in theU.S., the increase of globalization in the last decade has resulted in the expansion ofaccreditation services beyond the US border. Accreditation of educational programs, however,is not the only means by which ABET promotes and contributes to the advancement of technicaleducation worldwide. ABET has been engaged in mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) andmemoranda of understanding (MOUs) with quality assurance organizations outside the US forseveral decades. ABET also provides professional services such as Program AssessmentWorkshops, the Institute of Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership, and seminarson accreditation at the request of its international constituencies. These global initiatives supportABET’s vision of being the “recognized worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulatinginnovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education.”In October 2006, the ABET Board of Directors approved ABET accreditation of programsoutside the US. ABET has since accredited 324 programs at 64 institutions in 23 countries, notincluding the US. The same accreditation criteria and procedures are used to accredit programswithin and outside the US.ABET is currently engaged in four MRAs for the areas of engineering, engineering technology,and computing. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of accreditation systems, thereforealso recognizing the substantial equivalence of programs accredited by those systems. Graduatesfrom these accredited programs are considered to have met the appropriate graduate attributesand are prepared to being practice in the profession. This paper will focus on the WashingtonAccord, the multi-lateral MRA among accrediting bodies responsible for accrediting engineeringdegree programs.MOUs that ABET signs with quality assurance organizations outside the US are intended tofacilitate collaboration on matters relating to accreditation of technical programs. Through theseMOUs, ABET assists in the development of accreditation systems in various ways, depending onthe specific needs of the organization.This paper will discuss in further detail ABET’s global endeavors, with an emphasis on theaccreditation of programs outside the US and the Washington Accord, and how these activitiescontribute to the quality improvement of engineering education.COORDINATING NOTE:This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Mark Killgore, a coordinator of theASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CE Division of ASEE in 2013. It should be considered forinclusion in the session that Mark is organizing and moderating.
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