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Preparing for an Online ABET Visit

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference


Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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Matthew G. Green LeTourneau University

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Matthew Green serves as Associate Dean in the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at LeTourneau University in Texas. His objective is to practice and promote engineering as a serving profession. He has taught and helped develop design courses for all four years of the undergraduate curriculum, and has taught courses such as Dynamics, Thermodynamics, and Machine Design. Past projects include remote power generation, design methods for frontier environments, enhanced engineering learning, and assistive devices for persons with disabilities. He coordinates ABET accreditation activities for LeTourneau University.

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Chad L File LeTourneau University

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Chad File serves as ABET Program Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology at LeTourneau University in Texas. He has taught a wide range of courses within the mechanical engineering curriculum and currently leads a team of students in High Power Rocketry competitions.

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Here we share insights to help those preparing for an online ABET accreditation visit. These insights are gleaned from our own visit which pivoted to entirely online approximately six months in advance. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) conducted all 2020-21 reviews remotely (online) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Preparing for an online visit involved preparing the “display room” experience in electronic format, pre-recording lab video tours, conducting live video lab tours, and supporting more than sixty video conferencing meetings. All internal team meetings in preparation were also conducted online, with very limited physical face-to-face interaction. Although an online visit at first appeared logistically easier than in-person, numerous lessons-learned could make the next occurrence vastly more efficient.

Green, M. G., & File, C. L. (2021, March), Preparing for an Online ABET Visit Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas.

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