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Implementing Abet 2000: An Example Work In Progress

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.298.1 - 4.298.8

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J. Bredeson

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M. E. Parten

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Session 1332

Implementing ABET 2000: An Example Work in Progress

M. Parten, J. Bredeson Department of Electrical Engineering Texas Tech University


The Electrical Engineering Department at Texas Tech University comes up for ABET accreditation in the fall of 1999. Over the past year, we have been working to put ABET 2000 Engineering Criteria in place. This paper describes the process, approach and current status of the program. The common problems of objectives and assessment are addressed. The objectives and assessment process that we have settled on are presented.


The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is recognized in the United States as the sole agency responsible for accreditation of educational programs leading to degrees in engineering. To be considered for accreditation, engineering programs must prepare graduates for the practice of engineering at a professional level.

The major changes in ABET 2000 from previous ABET requirements is contained in the Basic Level Accreditation Criteria1, specifically the first 3 criterion, which are given below

Criterion 1. Students The quality and performance of the students and graduates is an important consideration in the evaluation of an engineering program. The institution must evaluate, advise, and monitor students to determine its success in meeting program objectives.

Criterion 2. Program Educational Objectives Each engineering program for which an institution seeks accreditation or reaccreditation must have in place

(a) detailed published educational objectives that are consistent with the mission of the institution and these criteria (b) a process based on the needs of the program’s various constituencies in which the objectives are determined and periodically evaluated (c) a curriculum and process that ensures the achievement of these objectives (d) a system of ongoing evaluation that demonstrates achievement of these objectives and uses the results to improve the effectiveness of the program.

Criterion 3. Program Outcomes and Assessment Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have

Bredeson, J., & Parten, M. E. (1999, June), Implementing Abet 2000: An Example Work In Progress Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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