Competency Model for Program Evaluators

Program evaluators should meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in improving education.
  • Current member (or willing to join) one of ABET's technical and professional societies.
    For computing professionals, membership in ACM or IEEE/CS fulfills this requirement.
  • Formal education and degree appropriate to the field
  • Experience with accreditation processes and / or quality improvement processes.
  • Proficiency using word processing programs, spreadsheets, and PDF files.
  • Be willing to take the required program evaluator training courses 
  • Meet any additional society-specific requirements.

Experienced program evaluators interested in going on on-site reviews outside of the United States must meet these additional qualifications:

  • Service as a program evaluator on at least four on-site reviews in the U.S.
  • Consistent record of meeting program evaluator performance expectations
  • Service as a program evaluator or team chair on at least one ABET on-site review in the last two years

ABET Program Evaluator Competency Model

Successful program evaluators exhibit the knowledge, skills, and attitudes listed below in the ABET Program Evaluator Competency Model and are evaluated against these competencies after each assigned program evaluation.

Technically Current

  • Demonstrates required technical credentials for the position
  • Engaged in lifelong learning and current in their field
  • Able to apply technical knowledge to ascertain the level of conformance to program accreditation requirements
  • Remains current in accreditation procedures and requirements

Effective at Communicating

  • Easily conducts face-to-face interviews
  • Writes clearly and succinctly
  • Presents focused, concise oral briefings
  • Interviews personnel to understand program operations
  • Writes succinct, criterion-centered statements of program strengths and weaknesses
  • Develops succinct findings for exit interview
  • Keeps team chair informed prior to and during the visit

Interpersonally Skilled

  • Friendly and sets others at ease
  • Listens and places input into context
  • Remains open-minded and avoids personal bias
  • Forthright, doesn't hold back what needs to be said
  • Adept at pointing out strengths and weaknesses in nonconfrontational manner
  • Interviews and readily obtains input from faculty, administration, industry advisors, and students
  • Evaluates program against criteria within the context of the institution
  • Evaluates and constructively conveys program strengths and weaknesses

Team-Oriented

  • Readily accepts input from team members
  • Works with team members to reach consensus
  • Values team success over personal success
  • Compares program findings with those of other visitation team members to improve consistency
  • Looks for and listens to common issues across programs
  • Assists other team members as needed during the visit

Professional

  • Conveys professional appearance and demeanor
  • Is committed to contributing and adding value to the evaluation process
  • Considered a person with high integrity and ethical standards
  • Represents ABET and responsible technical society as a practicing professional
  • Willing to make observations to stimulate innovation and further the program's efforts toward continuous improvement
  • Shows professional respect for institution faculty and staff
  • Upholds ABET code of conduct at all times

Organized

  • Is focused on meeting deadlines
  • Focuses on critical issues and avoids minutia
  • Displays take-charge initiative
  • Takes responsibility and works under minimum supervision
  • Formulates preliminary program strengths and weakness assessment based upon review of materials supplied prior to the visit
  • Focuses on critical findings, effectively cites supportive observations, relates to appropriate criteria and suggests possible avenues to resolution
  • Submits high quality documentation to team chair on time
  • Makes difficult recommendations when appropriate

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