San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.1208.1 - 25.1208.11
Successful ABET Accreditation of a Two-Year Electronics Technology Program: Lessons LearnedWhile ABET accreditation is a must for four-year engineering programs as well as engineeringtechnology programs, it can add value and act as a program differentiator for two-yearengineering technology programs especially in the case of programs offered by less traditionalinstitutions. Our school is a non-profit independent institution offering a combination ofBachelor and Associate level programs in engineering and engineering technology. OurAssociate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology program is the only two-yearElectronics Technology (ET) program to have been granted ABET-TAC accreditation in ourstate. This paper discusses the benefits and the experience gained from going through the processof ABET accreditation with the ET program. The process started formally in early 2009 and wasbased on the 2008-09 Criteria for Accrediting Technology Programs issued by the TechnologyAccreditation Commission of ABET. Under those criteria no differentiation was made betweenthe required Program Outcomes of two-year and four-year technology programs. A capstonedesign experience was required, which our program implemented in academic year 2009-10. Theprogram was successful in obtaining ABET accreditation during a cycle where the bar for two-year programs was set at a fairly high level. Even though the capstone design course has becomeoptional under current Criteria for Accrediting Technology Programs (2011-12), we believe itadds a valuable experience for graduating students in the program. Another important learningfrom the ABET accreditation process is that all curriculum related matters should be under thejurisdiction of the accredited program’s faculty. Our school is part of a multi-campus institutionwhere strong value is placed on standardization of the curriculum and the teaching and learningprocesses across all campuses. Our campus however is the only campus with ABET-accreditedprograms, thus giving our faculty more actual if not also formal responsibility in all curriculumrelated matters. The paper will address topics such as Program Educational Objectives, ProgramOutcomes and their assessment, curriculum, supporting resources, Advisory Board and others,and share our experiences.
Sala, A. L., & Riddell, J. (2012, June), Successful ABET Accreditation of a Two-year Electronics Technology Program: Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21965
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