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Preparation of Documents for ABET Accreditation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference

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Waco, Texas

Publication Date

March 24, 2021

Start Date

March 24, 2021

End Date

March 26, 2021

Page Count

9

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https://peer.asee.org/36394

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Amir Karimi P.E. The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Amir Karimi, University of Texas, San Antonio
Amir Karimi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1982. His teaching and research interests are in thermal sciences. He has served as the Chair of Mechanical Engineering (1987 to 1992 and September 1998 to January of 2003), College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (Jan. 2003-April 2006), and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (April 2006-September 2013). Dr. Karimi is a Fellow of ASEE, a Fellow of ASME, senior member of AIAA, and holds membership in ASHRAE, and Sigma Xi. He has served as the ASEE Campus Representative at UTSA, ASEE-GSW Section Campus Representative, and served as the Chair of ASEE Zone III (2005-07). He chaired the ASEE-GSW section during the 1996-97 academic year.

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Randall D. Manteufel P.E. The University of Texas at San Antonio

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Dr. Randall Manteufel is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He has won several teaching awards, including the 2012 University of Texas System Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2013 UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2019 College of Engineering Student Council Professor of the Year Award, 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award for College of Engineering, and 2004-2005 Mechanical Engineering Instructor of the year award, 1999 ASEE-GSW Outstanding New Faculty Award. Dr. Manteufel is a Fellow of ASME with teaching and research interests in the thermal sciences. In 2015-2016, he chaired the American Society for Engineering Education Gulf Southwest section and in 2018-2019 he chaired the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars at UTSA. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

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Abstract

In March 2020, most colleges and universities forced to switch from face-to-face instruction to virtual instruction, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The pandemic not only created challenges for the instructors and institutions to provide learning experience for students, it also created new challenges for engineering programs preparing for reaccreditation or accreditation of new program. During 2020-20 accreditation cycle, ABET conducted all ABET evaluations virtually and extend the evaluation period into the spring semester in 2021. The programs were required to provide digital documents to support their assessment data well in advance of the visit. Also, all the tour of the university facilities were done virtually. In most cases the programs were required to provide videos of laboratories and equipment used for the experiments. This paper will highlight the new challenges the programs face in preparing for ABET accreditation and provides suggestions on how to prepare documentation of assessment of student outcomes.

Karimi, A., & Manteufel, R. D. (2021, March), Preparation of Documents for ABET Accreditation During the COVID-19 Pandemic Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/36394

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