ABET membership is not comprised of individuals. Our members are 35 societies, professional and technical organizations that represent the various fields we accredit in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
These societies join us because they see the value of reviewing and accrediting programs in their respective disciplines. That is why they collaborate to improve our general criteria, create specialized program criteria, and recruit our pool of experts.
The ABET Board of Directors is the governing body that sets policies and procedures, approves accreditation criteria, and strategically guides our mission.
- Our Board of Directors is led by an executive committee that includes a president, president-elect, past president, secretary, treasurer, and Executive Director (non-voting).
- Each member society appoints at least one Director or Associate Director from its membership to serve on the board.
- Five Public Directors—individuals who are not affiliated with the fields that ABET accredits through either practice or training—also serve as voting members of the board.
The Board of Directors is advised by four board-level councils.
Our accreditation activities are led by four accreditation commissions. These commissions are responsible for reviewing educational programs and making the final accreditation decision for each program.
- Each commission is led by an executive committee that includes a chair, chair-elect, past-chair, vice chair of operations, and members-at-large.
- Each member society is entitled to have at least one member on each commission that reviews programs in disciplines for which that member society has primary responsibility. In addition, some member societies do not have responsibilities for any programs but still have representatives on the commissions related to their interests. For example, the National Society of Professional Engineers nominates an individual to serve on the Engineering Accreditation Commission.
- Each commission has a public commissioner, an individual who is not affiliated with the fields that ABET accredits through either practice or training.
- A representative from the ABET Board of Directors serves as a liaison between each commission and the Board.