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Fundamentals of ABET Accreditation with the Newly Approved Changes

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Curricular Advancements in ECE

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Electrical and Computer

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9

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32868

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https://peer.asee.org/32868

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Rafic Bachnak Penn State Harrisburg

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Rafic A. Bachnak is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg. Previously, Dr. Bachnak was on the faculty of Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Northwestern State University, and Franklin University. Dr. Bachnak received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University. His experience includes several fellowships with NASA and the US Navy Laboratories and employment with Koch Industries. Dr. Bachnak is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a senior member of IEEE and ISA, and a member of ASEE.

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Shashi S. Marikunte Penn State Harrisburg

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Shashi S. Marikunte is an Associate Teaching Professor of Civil Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, Pennsylvania. He serves as the ABET Coordinator for Civil Engineering (CE) as well as Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology (SDCET) programs. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. His research interests include high-performance cement composites, recycled materials in concrete, durability of concrete, non-destructive testing, and health monitoring of concrete structures. He has authored more than 100 refereed publications in journal and conference proceedings.

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Ma'moun Abu-Ayyad Penn State Harrisburg

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Dr. Mamoun Abu-Ayyad received his B.ScE. in Mechanical Engineering from Al-Mustansiryia University in 1995, his M.ScE. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1998. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick/Canada in April 2006. Dr. Abu-Ayyad joined the department of mechanical engineering at Penn State Harrisburg as an assistant professor in August 2008.

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AB Shafaye Penn State Harrisburg

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AB Shafaye has been a faculty member at Penn State Harrisburg since August 1986. He is an associate teaching professor of electrical engineering and the chair of Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology Programs. In addition, he coordinates the ABET activities for Penn State Harrisburg's three engineering and three engineering technology programs. He is also the internship coordinator for the college's School of Science, Engineering, and Technology.

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Abstract

ABET has become a professional accreditation body that accredits more than 550 programs in more than 30 countries. A recent report by the Center for American Progress states “Unlike most institutional accreditors, ABET uses outcome measures to ensure that students, employers, funding sources, and society can be confident that programs it accredits meet the quality standards to produce students who are prepared to enter a global workforce.”

Recent changes to the general criteria will become effective for any reviews conducted in the 2019-2020 cycle. It is, therefore, important that engineering programs become aware of the changes and start revising their assessment plans to ensure a smooth transition. In addition to having a continuous improvement process that closes the loop and provides improvement that ensures a high quality education, there are many issues that programs must document and address in the self-study report. Such issues range from making sure that policies and guidelines are in place to keeping records that provide needed evidence.

Understanding accreditation policies, procedures, and requirements greatly improves a program’s ability to manage processes. This is not a simple task and programs are encouraged to seek help from professional organizations, including ABET, who provide many useful online resources and hands-on training workshops. Such workshops provide attendees with a good overview of the whole process and enough detail to get started in the right direction. They also describe what to expect during the on-site visit and what takes place after the visiting team leaves the campus. The paper will review the basic ABET Criteria that need to be fulfilled to ensure a successful accreditation visit. This will be discussed from the perspective of an institution that recently completed a successful accreditation visit and is in the process of revising its assessment processes to respond to the recent general criteria changes.

Bachnak, R., & Marikunte, S. S., & Abu-Ayyad, M., & Shafaye, A. (2019, June), Fundamentals of ABET Accreditation with the Newly Approved Changes Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32868

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