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First Time Accreditation: Lessons Learned From The Abet Accreditation Process

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Current Topics in IE Education

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Industrial Engineering

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11.643.1 - 11.643.8



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Andrew Jackson Texas A&M University-Commerce

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ANDREW E. JACKSON, Ph.D., P.E., CSIT, Professor of Industrial Engineering
Dr. Jackson teaches a variety of IE courses, including: Engineering Economics, Human Factors Engineering, Production Systems Engineering, Systems Simulation, and Risk Assessment. His career spans 37 years in the fields of aviation, aerospace, defense contract support engineering, systems acquisition, academics, and systems engineering. His research interests include Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics in Large-Scale Systems.

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E. Delbert Horton

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E. DELBERT HORTON, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
Dr. Horton teaches a variety of IE courses, including: Industrial Operations Research courses, Industry Systems Design course and Engineering Management course. He has over 38 years experience in the product development and manufacturing, and intelligence systems development and integration for U.S. Government agencies and in academia. His experience includes various engineering development and management, and consulting roles at Electrospace Systems, E-Systems, Raytheon Systems and Stephen Meyers & Associates.

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Mary Johnson Texas A&M University-Commerce

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MARY E. JOHNSON, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
Dr. Johnson teaches the Introduction to Industrial Engineering course, System Simulation, Enterprise Analysis & Trends, and Manufacturing Systems. She has over 17 years experience in the manufacturing, aerospace industries, and in academia. Her experience includes various engineering, management, and consulting positions at Vaught Aircraft, the University of Texas at Arlington, and numerous manufacturing firms in the Dallas, Texas metroplex.

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First-Time Accreditation: Lessons Learned from the ABET Accreditation Process


As the faculty from the new Industrial Engineering Program at Texas A&M University- Commerce (TAMUC) prepared for its first-ever program accreditation assessment from the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the self-study team was able to create a thorough and effective plan to assess the processes used in the new IE Program. The internal assessment team, comprised of three tenure-track faculty members and assisted by various internal and external stakeholders, was able to create a well-structured self-study document which helped us better understand the need for continuous improvement processes across the educational system and to identify sources of data needed to verify the progress being made toward our stated goals and objectives. Another element of the self-study and site visit preparation process was to document results from various program constituents to help insure that Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) were being satisfied, as required by the accrediting body. Several tools were used throughout the self- study to identify course-level competencies (IECCs) that were then mapped to IE program-level outcomes (IEPOs) and finally to the stated program PEOs. Throughout the self-assessment process, feedback was collected and information was solicited from four basic sources, specifically: 1) Internal Informal sources, 2) Internal Formal sources, 3) External Formal sources, and 4) External Informal sources. This paper describes the processes used and corresponding results of the ABET Site Visit completed in October. A sample of the graphical tools used to identify, track, collect, analyze, and report various outcomes as they relate to recent graduates of our new IE Program will also be provided.


The Industrial Engineering program at Texas A&M University-Commerce was established by the Texas Legislature with an effective operational date of August 2002. At that time, the initial projection was to have 30 students enrolled in the IE program when classes began in the Fall. As it turned out, over 70 students enrolled for classes leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at TAMUC. In each of the successive three years, enrollment in the IE Program at TAMUC has grown by 25 to 35 students per year. Current enrollment, after three years, is approximately 125 students, with more expected when classes begin in Fall 2006. Six students have graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering from TAMUC and all six hold competitive positions in the IE discipline.

With this level of proven success so early in the program history, the next logical step was to submit a request for an accreditation assessment visit to the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This request began with a completed Request for Evaluation (RFE), followed by a detailed self-study document, leading to an on-site visit by an accreditation assessment team. Once the site visit was concluded, the university had 14 days to submit any errors in fact to the chair of the visiting team, which would be used to prepare a draft statement to the institution. Once the draft

Jackson, A., & Horton, E. D., & Johnson, M. (2006, June), First Time Accreditation: Lessons Learned From The Abet Accreditation Process Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1342

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