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Understanding And Implementing Abet Engineering 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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4.563.1 - 4.563.9

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W. Thomas Calder

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Gerald W. Jakubowski

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Session 3266

UNDERSTANDING AND IMPLEMENTING ABET ENGINEERING CRITERIA 2000 Gerald S. Jakubowski, W. Thomas Calder Loyola Marymount University


The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology has established new criteria for the accreditation of engineering programs. The new criteria, called Engineering Criteria 2000, are significantly different from the old criteria. In the past, the accreditation criteria focused almost entirely on resources and curriculum. In contrast, EC 2000 is a remarkably shorter, less prescriptive, much broader document that also focuses on processes and outcomes.

EC 2000 has eight criteria which apply to undergraduate engineering programs. Two of these, Criterion 2, Educational Program Objectives, and Criterion 3, Program Outcomes and Assessment, are central to the reform of engineering education. Focusing on academic processes, Criteria 2 and 3 require, among other things, that each program have in place a system of ongoing evaluation that demonstrates the achievement of educational objectives and program outcomes and applies the results to continuous improvement. This requirement for continuous improvement represents the most critical difference between the old criteria and EC 2000, and may well be the most difficult requirement for engineering programs to meet.

This paper discusses some of the new ABET requirements and the academic processes they call for, presents a model established at Loyola Marymount University which integrates these processes into a system for continuous improvement, comments on quality teaching and continuous improvement, and reviews some lessons learned from early attempts to implement EC 2000.

I. Glossary

Processes: Linked, interactive sets of activities which, taken together, comprise a system of continuous program development, assessment and improvement.

Program Constituency: A group of people with common expectations of an educational program.

Constituencies’ Needs: Benefits which a program’s constituencies expect to realize in return for their investments in an educational program.

Program Educational Broad statements consistent with institutional missions and based on

Calder, W. T., & Jakubowski, G. W. (1999, June), Understanding And Implementing Abet Engineering Criteria 2000 Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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