ABET is a nonprofit, ISO 9001 certified organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
What Distinguishes ABET Accreditation?
ABET accreditation is not a ranking system. It is a form of quality assurance for programs in the areas of applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Our accreditation is recognized globally as evidence that a program meets the standards set by its technical profession.
ABET offers accreditation to programs only, not to degrees, departments, colleges, institutions, or individuals.
ABET is a federation of member professional and technical societies. These societies and their individual members collaborate through ABET to develop standards of quality, known as ABET Criteria, on which our review teams base their evaluations of programs under consideration for accreditation.
ABET’s Core Purpose
With ABET accreditation, students, employers, and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.
Objectives of ABET Accreditation
Assure that graduates of an accredited program are adequately prepared to enter and continue the practice of engineering
Stimulate the improvement of engineering education;
Encourage new and innovative approaches to engineering education and its assessment; and
Identify accredited programs to the public.
The accreditation is voluntary, and to date, 4,307 programs at 846 colleges and universities in 41 countries have received ABET accreditation.
Over 175,000 students graduate from ABET-accredited programs each year, and millions of graduates have received degrees from ABET-accredited programs since 1932.
More than 35 members of societies that recognize ABET
Institutions and Programs define mission and objectives to meet the needs of their constituents – enables program differentiation
Emphasis on outcomes – preparation for professional practice
Programs demonstrate how criteria and educational objectives are being met
Focus on continuous improvement and sense of urgency
ABET Philosophy: Two loops processes
General Criteria for Baccalaureate Program
Criterion 1. Students
Criterion 2. Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
Criterion 3. Student Outcomes (SOs)
Criterion 4. Continuous Improvement
Criterion 5. Curriculum
Criterion 6. Faculty
Criterion 7. Facilities
Criterion 8. Institutional Support
ABET AS OUTCOMES BASED EDUCATION: OBE
ABET Criteria 3: Student Outcomes
an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
an ability to acquire and apply new knowledgeas needed, using appropriate learning strategies.