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Board # 83 : An Examination of the Proposed Changes to ABET-EAC-Criteria

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Mechanical Engineering Division Poster Session

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Mechanical Engineering

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Amir Karimi P.E. University of Texas, San Antonio

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Amir Karimi, University of Texas, San Antonio
Amir Karimi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1982. His teaching and research interests are in thermal sciences. He has served as the Chair of Mechanical Engineering (1987 to 1992 and September 1998 to January of 2003), College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (Jan. 2003-April 2006), and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (April 2006-September 2013). Dr. Karimi is a Fellow of ASEE, a Fellow of ASME, senior member of AIAA, and holds membership in ASHRAE, and Sigma Xi. He has served as the ASEE Campus Representative at UTSA, ASEE-GSW Section Campus Representative, and served as the Chair of ASEE Zone III (2005-07). He chaired the ASEE-GSW section during the 1996-97 academic year.

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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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