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Preparing An Abet Self Study: Continuous Improvement The Second Time Around

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Engineering Management Program Design

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Engineering Management

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14.972.1 - 14.972.12



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Kathryn Abel Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dr. Kate Abel serves as the as the Director of Undergraduate Academics and Engineering Management in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Applied Psychology. She has been both the President of the Engineering Management Division of ASEE and the President of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society. She teaches courses in Total Quality Management, Engineering Economics, Entrepreneurial Analysis of Engineering Design, Statistics for Engineering Managers, Engineering Management and Senior Design. Her research areas include knowledge engineering, as well as, knowledge and information management. She has published over 19 refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers.

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Preparing an ABET Self Study: Continuous Improvement in the Second Time Around


ABET 2000 became the standard accreditation format for ABET almost a decade ago.

As such, most universities have already been through their first accreditation cycle under

the ABET 2000 format. Now colleges are preparing for and going through their second

ABET visit under these new rules. The first Self Study for ABET 2000 took an immense

amount of time and effort due to the enormous differences from the previous

accreditation format. But now the change is continuous improvement? Now that

universities need to show that they do not ‘just’ have an assessment system, but that it is

used regularly and its’ results are used to implement change on a continuous basis, how

should colleges and universities address this aspect? How should continuous

improvement be demonstrated and documented? This paper will address one college’s

approach to its second round with ABET 2000, and the aspects used to demonstrate the

new ABET requirement of continuous improvement.


Despite steady growth in undergraduate Engineering Management (EM) programs in the

United States, only five EM programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Board

of Engineering and Technology (ABET): Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ; United

States Military Academy, NY; the University of Missouri Rolla, MO; University of

Pacific, CA; and Arizona State University, AZ. Although there are only these five ABET

accredited EM programs, there are estimated to be between 12 (Farr and Bowman) and

Abel, K. (2009, June), Preparing An Abet Self Study: Continuous Improvement The Second Time Around Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4609

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