Selection, Qualifications, Training, and Responsibilities
Mentoring is the act of helping another learn.
A Training Mentor is an experienced program evaluator assigned by an ABET member society to a Program Evaluator Candidate (PEVC) to guide that candidate through the training process.
Training Mentor Selection
Training Mentors are nominated by the member society each fall. Nominations are reviewed by the Accreditation Council Training Committee for currency and performance history. The Training Committee also estimates the number of Training Mentors likely to be needed by the member society. Any potential issues are discussed with the member society liaison. Otherwise, the nominees are notified of their selection for training as a Training Mentor for the next training cycle.
Minimum Qualifications for Mentor Selection
To ensure that all Training Mentors who are nominated are current in their experience with the ABET criteria, policies and procedures, the Mentor must:
- have participated in an accreditation review visit within the two most recent accreditation cycles; AND
- have received ratings of 3 or greater on all competencies on recent visits.
Training Mentor Capabilities
Program Evaluator Candidates will get the most out of their learning experiences when paired with a Training Mentor who models the Program Evaluator competencies and represents the organization well. Training Mentors should possess the following knowledge, skills, and capabilities:
- Able to model Program Evaluator Competencies (technically current, effective communicator, interpersonally skilled, team oriented, professional, organized).
- Able to apply experience as a PEV to answer questions for PEVC before, during, and immediately after training.
- Be current in and able to apply knowledge of outcomes based accreditation as well as accreditation processes, procedures, and requirements.
- Demonstrates a flexible style which facilitates different learning styles as well as backgrounds and experiences (i.e. industry versus academia).
- Able to bring experiences as Team Chair or Program Evaluator to help the PEVC learn how to make appropriate judgments which represent ABET and member societies well.
- Able to build trust and mutual respect in order to provide supportive relationship with PEVC.
- Able to help PEVC understand roles and responsibilities of team members, team chair, and the importance of being a team player.
- Represents ABET and member societies well.
- Shows professional respect for team chairs, member society liaisons, volunteers, and ABET staff.
- Upholds ABET Code of Conduct at all time.
ABET Training Mentor Responsibilities
The Training Mentor plays a very important role in the learning cycle of the PEVC. The Training Mentor is an advisor and resource to the PEVC before, during and immediately after Program Evaluator training.
The Training Mentor responsibilities begin once the PEVC has been selected and notified of the requirements for training. Following are the detailed responsibilities.
Online Training (Pre-work)
With regard to the required online training, Training Mentors must:
- make contact with the PEVC in a timely manner after assignment.
- be available to answer any questions regarding the online training (pre-work for the Face-to-Face Training)
- be familiar with the pre-work content and requirements
- make contact with PEVC if pre-work deliverables have not been received three weeks prior to the Face-to-Face Training.
- discuss the PEVC’s preparation for training and readiness for a visit with their member society liaison.
After the PEVC attends the Face-to-Face Training, the Training Mentor will debrief and reinforce key learning from the training.
Training Mentor Training
One webinar will be held each year for selected Training Mentors.
- All Training Mentors must participate in the webinar that describes the training process, the roles and responsibilities of the Training Mentor, and answers questions the Training Mentors have regarding the training process and their role.
From Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning, Chip R. Bell