June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
A proposal has been under consideration for several years to make major changes to requirements of ABET-Engineering Accreditation Commission’s (EAC) Criterion 3-Student Outcomes and Criterion 5-Curriculum. The proposed changes were posted on ABET website for public review and comments with a deadline of June 30, 2016. The proposed changes were discussed and voted upon during the ABET summer commission meeting in 2016. The EAC commission approved the proposed changes with minor modification. The proposed changes were forwarded to the Engineering Area Delegation, which has the final approval authority for any changes to the criteria. The EAC recommended that the Engineering Area Delegation consider another year of public review and comment to ensure that all constituents have had ample opportunity to consider the latest modifications to the proposed changes, and provide additional comments. The Engineering Area Delegation had the option of considering the following three options: i) approve the proposed criteria as written and implement, ii) delay final approval for one year and seek additional public comments, as recommended by the commission, or iii) reject the proposal. At the end of October, the Engineering Area Delegation decided to place the most recent version of the proposed changes for public review and seek additional comments. It is anticipated that the proposed changes be approved in 2017 with possible date of implementation in 2019-2020 ABET evaluation cycle. This paper reviews the history of changes to ABET-EAC’s general criteria and highlights the proposed changes in criteria 3 and 5. It also briefly explains how the proposed changes might affect the assessment process of student outcomes in the engineering programs.
Karimi, A. (2017, June), Board # 83 : An Examination of the Proposed Changes to ABET-EAC-Criteria Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27936
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