ABET

Help with the Process

We assist institutions and programs new to accreditation by providing assessment planning resources, webinars on assessment and accreditation topics, event presentation archives, assessment events, and advisory services throughout the year.

RESOURCES

Assessment planning resources includes a library of assessment articles and downloads of assessment tools.

Free ABET webinars cover a range of topics in accreditation and assessment. These 90-minute, web-based presentations may be viewed at your convenience and include PDF downloads of the handouts for each webinar.

ABET’s Event Presentation Archive offers presentations on the accreditation process in a variety of formats, including information from the Institutional Representatives Day at the Summer Commission Meeting. The archive is helpful both for institutions and programs new to accreditation and for accredited programs preparing for their next review.

The ABET Symposium features more than 60 peer-reviewed sessions on assessment and accreditation processes, Pre-Symposium Workshops centering on assessment topics, and a Self-Study Report Room with examples of well-written self-studies selected by our accreditation review teams.

One-day Program Assessment Workshops allow participants to develop program assessment skills and broaden their understanding of continuous quality improvement for student learning. Topics include the design of assessment processes, development of measurable learning outcomes, and application of data collection methods.

The Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership (IDEAL) is a four-day professional development opportunity for those responsible for leading the assessment process at their institutions.

ADVISORY SERVICES

Consultants can be very helpful to programs in preparing for an accreditation review; however, we do not condone consulting by “experts” outside the ABET organization in this role.

Accreditation criteria, policies, and procedures are modified routinely, and consultants outside the ABET organization will, in many instances, not have access to the most up-to-date information on these important topics.

ABET policies do not allow current members and alternate members of our accreditation commissions, or members and alternate members of our Board of Directors, to consult on accreditation matters because of potential conflicts of interest. But the ABET Foundation maintains a roster of former ABET volunteers, including program evaluators and commission members, who are available to assist programs and institutions in developing programs and preparing for accreditation.

Such consulting arrangements are between the program and the consultant and do not involve ABET. The services and advice provided by these consultants should be understood to reflect the experience and current knowledge of the consultant—not an official ABET position.

Contact ABET Foundation for the current roster of available consultants. The Foundation provides consultation services, workshops, and training events that cover all aspects of quality education and best practices in accreditation and assessment. It is an independent entity and guided by a separate governing body to avoid conflicts of interest that would potentially arise from ABET providing services to those programs that it also accredits.

Receiving training or consultation from any organizations or person, however skilled, does not guarantee that a particular academic program can or will achieve ABET accreditation.