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1 Copyright © 2014 by ABET Amanda Reid, Esq. ABET Adjunct Accreditation Director for Applied Science BACKGROUND

2 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 2. Understanding ABET

3 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 3 CHEA (Council for Higher Ed Accred)  Association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities  National advocacy for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation  60 recognized institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations State Licensure & Certifying Boards Federal & State Governments  Scholarships, Grants, Employment Accrediting bodies outside the US Who Recognizes ABET?

4 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 4 A global program accreditor A federation of 33 member societies A 501 (c) 3 nonprofit A peer-review process with 2,200 volunteers What is ABET?

5 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 5 ABET’S ACCREDITATION DONE BY FOUR COMMISSIONS Applied Science Accreditation Commission Computing Accreditation Commission Engineering Accreditation Commission Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

6 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 6 Construction Management Environmental, Health and Safety Health Physics Industrial Hygiene Safety Surveying, Geomatic Applied Science Accreditation Commission Curricular Areas

7 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 7 ASAC can accredit programs that meet the general criteria but there is no program specific criteria. ASAC has accredited the following: General Engineering Option in Applied Science, AAS Integrated Science and Technology, BS Organizational Leadership and Supervision, B.S. Petroleum Geosciences, B.S. Transportation Systems Applied Physics BS ACCREDITATION UNDER ASAC’S GENERAL CRITERIA

8 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 8 Accredit educational programs. Promote quality and innovation in education. Consult and assist in the development and advancement of education worldwide in a financially self-sustaining manner. Anticipate and prepare for the changing environment and the future needs of constituencies. ABET’s MISSION

9 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 9 The Value of ABET Accreditation

10 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 10 Quality assurance Helps prepare to enter “the profession” Entry into profession via licensure, certification Enhances employment opportunities ABET Value: Students & Parents

11 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 11 “Third party” confirmation of quality of programs Prestige, recognition by “the profession” Acceptability of transfer credits Some external funding depends on accreditation status ABET Value: Institutions

12 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 12 Encourages “best practices” in education Structured mechanisms for self-improvement Institution is serious about improving quality  Facilities, financial resources, training, etc. ABET Value: Faculty

13 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 13 Ensures educational requirements to enter “the profession” are met Aids industry in recruiting: ensures some “baseline” of educational experience Enhances mobility Opportunity to help guide educational process ABET Value: “The Profession”

14 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 14 Assuring Confidence in the educational process Engages multiple constituents: academe, industry, public Identifies programs for investment of public and private funds Some assurance to taxpayers: funds for higher education are appropriately spent ABET Value: Greater Society

15 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 15 What’s New in next accreditation cycle

16 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 16 ABET requires a preliminary Self-Study Report from programs seeking initial accreditation that are housed in institutions which currently have no ABET-accredited programs in that same commission. A review of this preliminary Self-Study Report - which is called the Readiness Review - will help ABET determine whether an institution is ready to submit a formal Request for Evaluation (RFE) for that program. READINESS REVIEWS

17 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 17 A program may receive one of three non- binding recommendations as the outcome of a Readiness Review; A recommendation to submit the Request for Evaluation in the immediate upcoming accreditation review cycle; A recommendation to postpone the submission unless substantive changes in the Self-Study preparation and documentation are made; or A recommendation not to submit the program in the immediate upcoming accreditation review cycle because it is likely to be rejected. READINESS REVIEWS cont’d

18 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 18 Programs that complete a Readiness Review and continue in the review process must update their Self-Study Reports for the final Self-Study Report submission which is due July 1 annually. READINESS REVIEWS cont’d

19 Copyright © 2014 by ABET 19 Questions?

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