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Tac Abet Accreditation – A New Process, A New Beginning

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Environmental Engineering Curricula

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Environmental Engineering

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11.1191.1 - 11.1191.20



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Nicholas Scambilis Sinclair Community College

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Dr. Scambilis, a Professor at Sinclair Community College, is the Chair of the Environmental Engineering Technology, Safety Engineering Technology and Fire Science Technology programs. He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Missouri. He retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Civil Engineer. He has been at Sinclair for nine years.

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Jennifer Wise Sinclair Community College

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Jennifer Saygers-Wise earned her Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She has worked in facilities and Environmental, Health and Safety for various private industries including automotive components manufacturing, metal working and chemical processing. She is an Associate Professor in the Safety Engineering Technology and Environmental Engineering Technology programs.

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TAC-ABET Accreditation – A New Process, A New Beginning I Introduction: During the 2003-2004 academic year, the ABET established, and pilot tested a new method to evaluate programs. This method launched the outcomes-based accreditation criteria and promoted “assessment” as a way-of-life for the institution. The new way-of –life was to think: “Does the program meet the stated outcomes? Are the objectives being met?”

In August, 2005 the Sinclair Community College Environmental Engineering Technology (EVT) and the Safety Engineering Technology (SET) Programs were accredited by the Technical Accreditation Commission of ABET (TAC-ABET)1. This paper describes the process that the Environmental Engineering Technology (EVT) and the Safety Engineering Technology (SET) Departments went through to achieve accreditation. The process involved four steps as detailed in Section IV. The steps include: • Request for evaluation • Self Study • The evaluation • Post Evaluation, responses to evaluators’ comments

A. Sinclair Community College: Sinclair Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year college located in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The college has a long history of serving the community beginning in 1887 when one room was set aside for an evening school at the Dayton YMCA.

Since that first year of operation the school has steadily matured and today serves over 24,000 students each quarter, on a campus of 21 buildings as well as remote sites. Sinclair is a member of the League for Innovation in the Community College and a Vanguard Learning College.

B. Engineering and Industrial Technologies Division: Since one of the first courses offered in 1887 was Mechanical Drafting, the Engineering & Industrial Technologies (E&IT) division can trace its roots back to the beginning of the school’s history. With over 4,000 students the E&IT division has grown so that today it is the largest in Ohio and one of the top programs in the nation. Since its beginning the division has added many programs including the Environmental Engineering Technology program in 2000 and the Safety Engineering Technology in 1972. Both of these programs were accredited in 2005 and are discussed in this paper.

II TAC-ABET Process: The new process (TC2K) was developed in the year 2000 and instituted in 2003-2004. This new process looks primarily at the qualitative aspects of the programs rather than the quantitative aspects. Following is a statement that best describes the process: “While the qualitative factors are more important than the quantitative assignment of credit hours to any particular area, the general principles outlined in the criteria will be checked closely by analyzing each

Scambilis, N., & Wise, J. (2006, June), Tac Abet Accreditation – A New Process, A New Beginning Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--952

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