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Applying Ec 2000 Criteria To Engineering Programs

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Quality & Accreditation: Outcome Assessment

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8.230.1 - 8.230.8



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John Ventura

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Session 3560

Accreditation Criteria for Engineering Programs – Implementing EC-2000 Criteria

John Ventura, Member ASEE Christian Brothers University Memphis, Tennessee

Abstract – The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredits engineering programs. The U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes ABET for its responsibility in engineering accreditation. State licensing boards for engineers require a four-year engineering degree from an institution with an ABET program.

The accreditation criteria of EC-2000 of ABET requires a structured plan to measure and evaluate the attainment and evaluation of learning objectives and outcomes, as defined by engineering programs. This article focuses on the application of the ABET EC-2000 criteria that requires engineering programs to formulate curriculum based on program outcomes. It concentrates on three topics: (1) formulating the required learning outcomes, (2) generating a program that enables faculty to achieve the required learning outcomes, and (3) assembling a plan of curriculum development that satisfies accreditation standards and fulfills the university’s educational goals. This article will propose a plan of action to meet the EC-2000 criteria for an engineering program at a local university.

The implications of the EC-2000 guidelines are that educators in engineering develop curriculum and assessment tools based on program outcomes. ABET does not stipulate the methods used in the development and assessment process. However, ABET demands that institutions demonstrate the pedagogy used to achieve learning objectives as well as evidence of assessment and continuous improvement. As a consequence of this freedom in program development, engineering faculty now have the flexibility to meet student, industry, and institutional needs.

Keywords: accreditation, engineering education, assessment, curriculum, online learning

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Ventura, J. (2003, June), Applying Ec 2000 Criteria To Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12536

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