Make a Difference

As one of our experts, you serve your profession by contributing your professional experience, judgment, and time. You have a direct impact on the quality of technical education in your field.

Academic programs are evaluated against a set of criteria, developed by the applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology professions. These criteria outline the requirements for student support, quality and appropriateness of faculty and facilities, relevance of curriculum, continuous quality improvement processes, and other key program areas. Learn more about the criteria.

As a program evaluator, you are essential to the accreditation process—you evaluate whether programs are meeting ABET accreditation criteria.

You do this by:

  • Reviewing the Self Study Report.

    In late summer, PEVs assigned to accreditation review teams begin their work by reviewing the self-study report prepared by the program seeking accreditation. The self-study report contains information about the institution, as well as detailed information illustrating how the academic program meets the evaluation criteria. You review this information and, if necessary, communicate with the program directly to resolve ambiguities or to answer questions raised by the report. Learn more about the self-study report.

  • Participating in the on-site visit.

    During the fall (typically between September and December), each accreditation review team, consisting of two or more PEVs and an evaluation team chair, travels to the campus and spends approximately 2.5 days investigating their assigned program with the help of the program’s chair and faculty. On-site activities include:

    • verifying the information provided in the self-study report
    • observing classes
    • interviewing students, faculty members, administrators,staff, and external stakeholders
    • visiting classrooms, labs, and other key facilities
    • reviewing textbooks, course syllabi, student work and assessment materials


    Based on a review of the self-study report and observations made on campus, the program evaluators collaboratively prepare a draft report describing how well the program has met the ABET criteria. This draft statement is provided to the institution at the conclusion of the campus visit. Learn more about the on-site visit.

  • Improving the evaluation process

    In addition to submitting a travel expense report, program evaluators returning from on-site visits also complete a survey evaluating the performance of their team members. A PEV may also respond to additional questions from the team chair who is finalizing the team’s report.

    Once we receive your travel expense report, we will reimburse your travel expenses for the on-site visit.

How much time do you need to commit?