Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
For the past several years, ABET committees have been revising ABET general criteria 3 (Student outcomes) and 5 (Curriculum) of the general criteria. The ABET Engineering Area Delegation approved the proposed changes for a review and comment period. Based on comments, the new criteria could be effective for the 2018-19 academic year.
Changes to the general criteria occur infrequently. In this case, the eleven familiar criterion 3 a-k student outcomes are being replaced by seven new student outcomes. Because the attainment of student outcomes must be assessed and reported in self-studies, this appears to be a major change that will require programs to perform an extensive overhaul of their existing assessment systems. In reality, the actual change in accreditation requirements are very small and can be accommodated with relatively little effort. In most cases the new requirements are easier to meet than the existing requirements and present increased flexibility for many programs.
This paper analyzes the differences between the existing criteria and the proposed changes. Through a specific detailed example, the paper illustrates how an existing assessment system can seamlessly adjust for the new criteria and recommends that programs switch to the new criteria now even if the next accreditation visit is several years away. Most of the embedded indicators and direct measures of attainment can still be used. The results simply need to be organized differently.
COORDINATING NOTE: This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s session(s) for the CE Division of ASEE in 2018. It should be considered for inclusion in the sessions on “Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE.” that the ASCE Liaison Committee is organizing, but would be appropriate for other CE Division sessions as well.
Estes, A. C., & Brady, P. A., & Laursen, P. (2018, June), Adjusting to the New ABET Criteria 3 and 5: It’s Really Not Very Hard Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29756
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