June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Electrical and Computer
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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