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1 ABET Accreditation for Surveying/Geomatics Programs in the US

2 Dr. Steven Frank, Program Coordinator Surveying Engineering New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM 88003

3 OUTLINE Introduction ABET accreditation process –EAC accreditation criteria –ASAC accreditation criteria –TAC accreditation criteria –CAC accreditation criteria Choosing accreditation Summary and conclusions

4 Introduction Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Used to accredit individual programs Separate from university accreditation 28 professional organizations 2,700 programs in 550 universities Constantly evolving criteria

5 ABET Accreditation Process Programs must have at least one graduate to apply for accreditation “Self-study” report written Site visit by ABET evaluators (academic and/or industrial) Each program accredited individually Institution also evaluated

6 ABET Accreditation Process Site visit –Normally 3 days (can be 2 days) –Evaluate Student transcripts Student projects Class rooms Laboratories / equipment Students / faculty

7 Accreditation process Four ABET commission –Engineering (EAC) –Applied Science (ASAC) –Technology (TAC) –Computing (CAC)

8 EAC Criteria Must have “Engineering” in program title 7 general criteria –1) Students –2) Educational objective –3) Program outcomes –4) Professional component –5) Faculty –6) Facilities –7) Institutional support

9 EAC criteria Students –How are they evaluated on performance –How are they advised and monitored –Policies for transfer students –How is student success being tracked

10 EAC criteria Educational objectives –What graduates are expected to achieve 3-5 years after graduation –Measurements to show that objectives are or are not being met –Improvement actions taken that are based upon measurements

11 EAC criteria Program outcomes –What students are expected to be able to do at time of graduation –System to measure, evaluate, update and continuously improve outcomes –Based on ABET “a-k” criteria

12 EAC criteria ABET “a-k” –a) Ability to apply math, science and engineering –b) Ability to design/conduct experiments –c) Ability to design –d) Ability to perform on multidisciplinary team –e) Ability to identify and solve problems –f) Understanding of ethics / responsibilities

13 EAC criteria ABET “a-k” –g) Ability to communicate effectively –h) Recognition for life-long learning –i) Knowledge of contemporary issues –j) Ability to use knowledge, skills, and modern tools necessary for professional practice

14 EAC criteria Professional component –Amount of math / science courses –Amount of general education courses –Amount of engineering/surveying courses –Specific courses required by profession –Major design experience

15 EAC criteria Faculty –Must be sufficient in number to teach courses, advise students, etc. –Must be qualified by experience or by licensure –Should be involved in professional societies

16 EAC criteria Facilities –Classrooms –Laboratories –Equipment –Computers

17 EAC criteria Institutional support –Computer technicians –Library services –Students services –Faculty development

18 EAC criteria Programs accredited under EAC –CSU Fresno –Ferris State University –University of Maine –New Mexico State University –Ohio State University –Pennsylvania State University –Purdue University

19 ASAC criteria Essentially the same as EAC criteria No design requirements Professional component has different criteria for math / science Professional criterion for surveying the same as EAC

20 ASAC criteria Programs accredited under ASAC –University of Alaska –East Tennessee State University –University of Florida –Metropolitan State College of Denver –Michigan Tech –Oregon Institute of Technology –Southern Polytechnic State University –St. Cloud University –Texas A&M University

21 TAC criteria Similar to EAC & ASAC More emphasis on technical “hands-on” experience Program characteristics –Minimum of 124 semester credit hours –High emphasis on applied aspects (at least 1/3 of curriculum) –Faculty criteria are more lenient

22 TAC criteria Programs accredited under TAC (4 year) –University of Akron –Alfred State College –Idaho State University –New Jersey Institute of Technology

23 TAC criteria Program accredited under TAC (2 year) –University of Akron –Alfred State College –Mohawk Valley Community College –Paul Smith’s College –Pennsylvania Tech –Penn State

24 CAC criteria Most unique of ABET criteria Emphasizes computer science, learning and skills (40 credits computer science) Graduates must finish in a timely manner Exposure to multiple computer programming languages Access to different computing platforms

25 CAC criteria No surveying/geomatics programs accredited under CAC to date Speculation that GIS/LIS programs may become accredited under CAC

26 Choosing accreditation Curriculum content plays a factor –Math/science more heavily emphasized in EAC, less in TAC More theory at EAC level, more practical at TAC level Faculty emphasis slightly different

27 Choosing accreditation Needs of constituents (employers of graduates, alumni, students, etc.) Student recruitment / retention Perceived value of degree

28 Choosing accreditation Accreditation is good for up to 6 years Programs may elect to change accreditation status Programs may have multiple accreditations

29 Choosing accreditation ABET accreditation is accepted by all state licensing boards, but accreditation status of a particular program may have an impact on which graduates may become licensed

30 Summary and conclusions ABET is accrediting agency for surveying/geomatics programs in the US Different ABET commissions have different program criteria Programs must decide if and how they wish to be accredited

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