Accreditation Changes

When important changes are made to the Accreditation Criteria or the Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (APPM), an Accreditation Alert is sent to our constituents to make them aware.

Effective beginning with 2019 – 2020 reviews

Accreditation Criteria, Policy and Procedure Changes for the 2019-2020 Review Cycle

On November 2, 2018, the ABET Board of Delegates approved a revised Accreditation Policy and Procedure for implementation in the 2019 – 2020 accreditation cycle. The revised version has been posted for the 2019 -2020 accreditation cycle and substantive changes are in BOLD. APPM changes are applicable to all commissions.

2019-2020 Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual >

Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission

Changes, Proposed Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

On November 2, 2018, the ABET Applied and Natural Science Area Delegation approved for implementation in the 2019 – 2020 accreditation cycle, Criteria for Accrediting Applied and Natural Science Programs, 2019 – 2020 with revised General Criterion 3 & 5 and Program Criteria for Environmental Science and Similarly Named Programs.

A matrix identifying the specific changes between the previous General Criteria 3 & 5 and the current General Criteria 3 & 5 is available here: ANSAC Matrix for General Criteria 3 & 5.

ABET understands that programs to be reviewed during the first year or two of the initial application of the revised criteria will require one or more years to make the transition. In these cases, it is important that programs develop a transition plan and be able to provide evidence that the plan is being followed at the time of the next general review.

In addition, they approved the release of Proposed Program Criteria for Geology and Similarly Named Programs; Industrial Hygiene and Similarly Named Programs and Surveying and Geomatics and Similarly Named Programs for public review and comment through June 15, 2019.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Geology and Similarly Named Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Industrial Hygiene and Similarly Named Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Surveying and Geomatics and Similarly Named Programs

Computing Accreditation Commission

Changes and Revisions

The Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) Criteria for Accrediting Computing Programs, 2019 – 2020 is approved for implementation including program criteria for Cybersecurity and Similarly Named Computing Programs.

ABET understands that transitioning to the new criteria may take a program a few years. Thus, it is important that programs whose next comprehensive review is in 2019 – 2020 or 2020 – 2021 develop a transition plan and be able to provide evidence that the plan is being followed at the time of the review. In these cases, ABET does not expect the transition to be fully complete.

A document presenting a side-by-side comparison of the previous criteria and current criteria is available here: CAC Side-by-Side Criteria.

Engineering Accreditation Commission

Changes, Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs, 2019 – 2020 is approved for implementation including program criteria for Cybersecurity Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

All general reviews conducted in the 2019 – 2020 accreditation cycle and beyond will be evaluated relative to these new criteria. ABET understands that programs to be reviewed during the first year or two of the initial application of the revised criteria will require one or more years to make the transition. In these cases, it is important that programs develop a transition plan and be able to provide evidence that the plan is being followed at the time of their next general review.

A document presenting the mapping of Criterion 3: A-K to Criterion 3: 1-7 is available here: EAC Mapping C3: A-K to C3 1-7.

A document addressing Frequently Asked Question regarding the C3 and C5 changes is available here: Frequently Asked Questions.

In addition, The Engineering Area Accreditation Delegation approved Program Criteria for Aerospace and Similarly Named Engineering Programs and Chemical, Biochemical and Biomolecular and Similarly Named Programs for public review and comment through June 15, 2019.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Aerospace and Similarly Named Engineering Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Chemical, Biochemical and Biomolecular and Similarly Named Programs

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

Changes, Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

The Engineering Technology Area Delegation approved, for implementation in the 2019 – 2020 accreditation cycle, Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs, 2019 -2020, including revisions to criterion 3, 5, 6, the preamble to program criteria and non substantive revisions for program criteria for:

  • Aeronautical Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Architectural Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Automotive Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Program
  • Civil Engineering Technology and Similarly Named programs
  • Computer Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Construction Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Fire Protection Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Information Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Marine Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Nuclear Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Telecommunications Engineering Technology Named Programs

Substantive revisions were approved after a year of public review and comment for:

  • Engineering Graphics/Design/Drafting Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs
  • Healthcare Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

A document presenting a side-by-side comparison of the previous ETAC General Criteria with the current approved criteria with revisions to General Criteria 3, 4, 6 and Program Criteria Preamble is available here: ETAC Side-by-Side Comparison.

In addition, they approved the following Program Criteria for public review and comment through June 15, 2019: Air Conditioning, Refrigerating, Heating, and Ventilating Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs and Chemical, Refinery, Process Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Air Conditioning, Refrigerating, Heating, and Ventilating Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Chemical, Refinery, Process Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Accreditation Criteria, Policy and Procedure Changes for the 2018-2019 Review Cycle

On April 1, 2017, the ABET Board of Delegates approved a revised Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual for implementation in the 2018 – 19 accreditation cycle. The revised version has been posted for the 2018 – 2019 accreditation cycle and substantive changes are in BOLD. APPM changes are applicable to all commissions.

2018-2019 Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual >

Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission

Changes, Proposed Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

On October 20, 2017, The ABET Applied and Natural Science Area Delegation approved for implementation in the 2018-2019 accreditation cycle, Master’s Level for Construction Management and Similarly Named Programs.

In addition, they approved the release of proposed changes to the ANSAC General Criterion 3 & 5 for public comment through June 15, 2018.

Comment:

ANSAC General Criterion 3 & 5

A matrix identifying the specific changes between the current General Criteria 3 & 5 and the proposed General Criteria 3 & 5 is available here: ANSAC Matrix for Proposed General Criteria 3 & 5.

In addition, they approved the release of Proposed Program Criteria for Environmental Science and Similarly Named Programs for public comment through June 15, 2018.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Environmental Science and Similarly Named Programs

Computing Accreditation Commission

Changes, Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

The Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) General Criteria 3 & 5 and Program Criteria for Computer Science, Information Technology and Information Systems is approved for implementation.

For the 2018 – 2019 accreditation, cycle ONLY institutions will have a choice to have their programs reviewed against the existing CAC General and Program Criteria (Version 1.0) or the newly approved CAC General and Program Criteria (Version 2.0)

The newly approved criteria will be mandatory for all programs in the 2019 – 2020 accreditation cycle.

CAC General and Program Criteria (Version 1.0)

CAC General and Program Criteria (Version 2.0)

All Comprehensive Reviews conducted in the 2019 – 2020 accreditation cycle and beyond will be evaluated relative to these new criteria. Programs whose next review is a Comprehensive Review (i.e., not an interim report, not an interim visit, and not a show cause visit) are expected to begin the transition as soon as possible.

ABET understands that transitioning to the new criteria may take a program a few years. Thus, it is important that programs whose next Comprehensive Review is in 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 develop a transition plan and be able to provide evidence that the plan is being followed at the time of this review. In these cases, ABET does not expect the transition to be fully complete.

A document presenting a side-by-side comparison of the existing criteria (Version 1.0) and the newly approved criteria is available here: CAC Side-by-side Criteria.

The Computing Area Delegation approved Proposed Program Criteria for Cybersecurity and Similarly Named Computing Programs for public review and comment through June 15, 2018.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Cybersecurity and Similarly Named Programs

Engineering Accreditation Commission

Changes, Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) General Criteria for Baccalaureate Programs is approved for implementation in the 2019 – 2020 Cycle. The revised criteria can be found in the back of the 2018 – 2019 EAC General Criteria.

The changed sections are:

  • The Introduction and Definitions that apply to all parts of the criteria
  • Criteria 3, Student Outcomes
  • Criteria 5, Curriculum

All general reviews conducted in the 2019 – 2020 accreditation cycle and beyond will be evaluated relative to these new criteria. Programs scheduled for a general review in 2019 – 2020 and beyond may begin the transition as soon as possible.

ABET understands that programs to be reviewed during the first year or two of the initial application of the revised criteria will require one or more years to make the transition. In these cases, it is important that programs develop a transition plan and be able to provide evidence that the plan is being followed at the time of their next general review.

A document presenting the mapping of Criterion 3: A-K to Criterion 3: 1-7 is available here: EAC Mapping C3: A-K to C3: 1-7.

A document addressing Frequently Asked Questions regarding the C3 and C5 changes is available here.

The Engineering Area Delegation approved Program Criteria for Cybersecurity Engineering and Engineering Programs that include “Safety”, Cybersecurity”, “Computer Security”, Cyber Operations”, Information Assurance”, Information Security” or Similar Modifiers in their Titles for public review and comment through June 15, 2018.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Cybersecurity Engineering

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

Changes, Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

The Engineering Technology Area Delegation approved Proposed Revisions to Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology General Criterion 3, 5, 6 and Program Criteria Preamble for public review and comment through June 15, 2018.

A document presenting a side-by-side comparison of the existing ETAC General Criteria and the Proposed Revisions for General Criterion 3,5,6 and Program Criteria Preamble is available here: ETAC Side-by-side Comparison.

Comment:

Proposed Revisions to Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology General Criterion 3, 5, 6 and Program Criteria Preamble

In addition, they approved the following Program Criteria for public review and comment through June 15, 2018.

Comment:

Proposed Revisions to Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs General Criterion 3 Student Outcomes, General Criterion 5 Curriculum, General Criterion 6 Faculty, and Program Criteria Preamble

Proposed Program Criteria for Engineering Graphics/Design/Drafting/Engineering Technology (Mechanical) and Similarly Named Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Environmental Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Healthcare Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Effective beginning with 2017-18 reviews

Changes applicable to the Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual

On October 29, 2016, the ABET Board of Delegates approved a revised Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual for implementation in the 2017 – 18 accreditation cycle. With the implementation of ABET’s new governance structure, the Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual required revision to reflect the division of policies, processes, and procedures between the ABET Board of Directors and the ABET Board of Delegates. Please note there are significant changes in the organization of the new document from last year’s version. APPM changes are applicable to all commissions

Proposed Revisions applicable to the Applied Science Accreditation Commission.

The ABET Applied Science Area Delegation approved the release of proposed ASAC Criteria for Master’s Level for Construction Management and Similarly Named Programs for review and public comment through June 15, 2017.

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Proposed Revisions applicable to the Computing Accreditation Commission.

The ABET Computing Area Delegation approved the release of proposed revisions to Criteria for Accrediting Computing Programs 3 and 5 and the Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology Program Criteria which are now released for public comment through June 15, 2017.

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Criteria Changes and Proposed Revisions applicable to the Engineering Accreditation Commission.

The General Criteria for Master’s level and Integrated Baccalaureate Master’s Level Engineering Programs now includes the statement: Programs must have published program educational objectives and student outcomes.

The ABET Engineering Area Delegation approved the release of revised proposed revisions to EAC Criteria 3 and 5 which are now released for public comment through June 15, 2017.

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There are no changes or proposed revisions to the Engineering Technology Accreditation Criteria.

Accreditation Criteria, Policy and Procedure Changes for the 2014-2015 Review Cycle and Forward

  • Effective beginning with 2014-15 reviews
  • On October 26, 2013 the ABET Board of Directors approved on second reading the following modification to the 2014-15 Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual Section II.A.6. and II.A.7.Public Release of Accreditation Information by the Institution/Program.
  • APPM changes are applicable to all commissions

Accreditation Criteria, Policy and Procedure Changes for the 2013-2014 Review Cycle and Forward

  • Effective beginning with 2013-14 reviews
  • Applicable to all commissions

Accreditation Criteria, Policy and Procedure Changes for the 2012-2013 / 2013-2014 Review Cycles and Forward

  • Effective beginning with 2012-2013 reviews
  • Note in particular the changes to General Criterion 2 Program Educational Objectives and Criterion 4 Continuous Improvement
  • Applicable to all commissions

Accreditation Criteria, Policy and Procedure Changes for the 2012-2013 Review Cycle and Forward

  • Effective beginning with 2012-2013 reviews
  • APPM changes are applicable to all commissions
  • Criteria changes are applicable to the Applied Science, Engineering, and Engineering Technology Commissions

Accreditation Criteria, Policy and Procedure Changes for the 2011-2012 Review Cycle and Forward

  • Effective beginning with 2011-2012 reviews
  • Applicable to all commissions

Changes to the Accreditation Criteria – General Criterion 2: Program Educational Objectives

  • Effective beginning with 2011-2012 reviews
  • Note in particular changes to General Criterion 2: Program Educational Objectives
  • Applicable to all commissions

Changes to the EAC Accreditation Criteria – General Criterion 3 Student Outcomes

  • Effective beginning with 2011-2012 reviews
  • Note in particular changes to General Criterion 3: Students Outcomes
  • Applicable to the Engineering Accreditation Commission