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Preparing For The First Abet Accreditation Visit Under Criteria 2000

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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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4.426.1 - 4.426.5

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Gary Patterson

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Session 3513

Preparing for the First ABET Accreditation Visit under Criteria 2000

Gary K. Patterson, University of Missouri-Rolla


Many aspects of the preparation for an ABET accreditation visit under Criteria 2000 will be the same as under the traditional criteria. Forms must be filled out; student work must be gathered, organized, and exhibited; course notes and syllabi must be organized for exhibit; the faculty must educate themselves to the process; and the evaluator must be treated respectfully while he or she is on campus. In the traditional process, if a program was well conceived and administered, adhered to a traditional and well established model for its curriculum, maintained well equipped laboratories, and was well funded, the preparation was aimed at showing the evaluator that those things were true. Preparation could be accomplished in a spring and a summer. For Criteria 2000, however, some non-traditional expectations have been added which make the preparation for a visit a bit more demanding. That preparation may now require several years and should be considered to be a continuous process.

Preparation for the visit falls into seven broad categories:

1. Formulate and publish educational objectives.

2. Implement assessment methods to measure how well objectives are met.

3. Revise curricular, administrative, and other processes so that their outcomes meet the objectives.

4. Implement continuous improvement methods for adjusting the processes to better meet the objectives.

5. Demonstrate that the outcomes of the processes established meet the ABET requirements of Criterion 3, the student ability requirements.

6. Demonstrate that the curriculum meets the requirements of Criterion 4, the curricular content requirements.

7, Assure that the faculty, facilities, institutional support, financial resources, and applicable program criteria are met and be able to demonstrate that each is true.

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Patterson, G. (1999, June), Preparing For The First Abet Accreditation Visit Under Criteria 2000 Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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