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Preparation for ABET Accreditation at an Indian University – An ABET Team Chair’s Perspective

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2017 ASEE International Forum


Columbus , Ohio

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session I - Curriculum I

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Amitabha Bandyopadhyay State University of New York, Farmingdale

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Dr Bandyopadhyay is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of Architecture and Construction Management Department at Farmingdale State College. He is also the Director of Green Building Institute at the college. He was (2012-13) the Chair of Engineering Technology Accreditation Commssion of ABET.

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ABET’s international accreditation efforts increased tremendously over last several years. In the past, ABET evaluated programs outside the U.S., by institutional request, to determine if they were “substantially equivalent” to ABET-accredited programs. “Substantial equivalency” means that a program is comparable in program content and educational experience, but may differ in format or method of delivery. It implies reasonable confidence that the program has prepared its graduates to begin professional practice at the entry level. While these evaluations followed policies and procedures similar to those used for accreditation, no accreditation action was taken, nor was there any assumption that a program undergoing accreditation would be accredited as a result of such review. Substantial equivalency is not binding on colleges, universities, employers, or licensing agencies. Most of the programs that were recognized as substantially equivalent have now been accredited. ABET will conduct an accreditation review outside the U.S. only with explicit permission from all applicable national education authorities in that program’s country or region. ABET accreditation process for programs located outside of the United States are identical to the accreditation process for programs within the United States. Although there are only a handful of Indian university’s engineering programs are currently accredited by ABET, interest in such accreditation is growing. The author was invited to give a seminar about ABET accreditation at an Indian University near Delhi and review of the program preparation status. Since ABET accreditation is primarily outcome base, the author reviewed with the faculty and administrator how course level assessment could be transformed to a program level outcome system. This paper will describe the methodology discussed with the faculty during the visit and review of the assessment infrastructure exists at the university.

Bandyopadhyay, A. (2017, June), Preparation for ABET Accreditation at an Indian University – An ABET Team Chair’s Perspective Paper presented at 2017 ASEE International Forum, Columbus , Ohio.

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