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Transcript of ABET
Engineering and Technology (ABET)? ABET’s Mission ABET’s vision ABET was founded in 1932 as the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD), an engineering professional body dedicated to the education, accreditation, regulation, and professional development of the engineering professionals and student in the United States. 7 engineering societies founded the organization and contributed to its original direction and focus:
1.American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2.American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, now the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
3.American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
4.American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE)
5.Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, now the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
6.American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE)
7.National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (NCEES) In 1980, ECPD was renamed the Accreditation Board for engineering and Technology (ABET) to more accurately describe its emphasis on accreditation. In response to the anticipated boom in computer science education, ABET helped establish the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (now called CSAB) in 1985. CSAB is now one of ABET’s largest member societies with more than 300 accredited programs. It is composed of more than 2,000 professionals from the academe, government, and private sectors worldwide, US-based ABET is a non-profit group that accredits college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The international group reviews the academic programs of an educational institution to ascertain their relevance, content, and quality. Currently, ABET accredits at least 3,100 academic programs at over 660 colleges and universities in 23 countries worldwide. •ABET accreditation tells students, their parents, and employers that the program has been judged by professional to provide an adequate preparation for the engineering technology graduate.
•ABET establishes standards, procedures, and an environment that will encourage the highest quality for engineering technology through accreditation.
ABET serves the public globally through the promotion and advancement of education in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET:
•Accredits educational programs
•Promotes quality and innovation in education
•Consults and assists in the development and advancement of education worldwide
•Communicates and collaborates with its constituents and the public
•Anticipates and prepares for the changing educational environment and the future needs of its constituents
•Manages its operations and resources in an effective and fiscally responsible manner
ABET is recognized as the worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education. Why should a school program
become ABET accredited? 1.Maintain high standards of quality in engineering and technology education
2.Establish national and international recognition of expected graduate qualifications
3.Provide cost effective means of impartial feedback on program assessment and development
4.Provide appropriate preparation for entry-level employment in the profession
5.Motivate regular comprehensive review of programs by institutions creating an expectation of continuous improvement
6.Provide potential students a quality education which will lead to a wide range of job mobility
Why is Accreditation Important? •Accreditation helps students and their parents choose quality college programs.
•Accreditation enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared.
•Accreditation is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.
•Accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.
In the Philippines, how many
schools have ABET-accredited
programs? In the Philippines, and the whole of East Asia, only Mapúa Institute of Technology has the ABET accreditation for its programs. On top of its three engineering programs that were accredited in 2010, Mapúa’s seven other engineering and computing courses were accredited in 2011. Accredited Programs ENGINEERING:
•Environmental and Sanitary Engineering
•Information Technology Why did Mapúa pursue
ABET accreditation? This feat was a result of Mapúa’s continuing commitment to provide quality education to its students and make them more competitive not just here but also overseas. Furthermore, the ABET accreditation also serves as proof of its commitment to continuous improvement of its programs. With periodic evaluation and accreditation, Mapúa provides lasting benefits to students, industry, and society as a whole. Pursuing ABET accreditation is aligned with Mapúa’s goal toward becoming a global center of excellence in education. How does the accreditation process
begin? A school has to apply for an ABET review of its programs. During their evaluation, which usually takes a year and a half, the accreditors check and determine if a program provides and equips students with up-to-date knowledge and skills that meet the needs of the global industries amid rapid technological change.