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.

Accreditation Criteria, Policy and Procedure Changes for the 2020-2021 Review Cycle

Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual

On November 2nd, 2019, the ABET Board of Delegates approved a revised Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual for implementation in the 2020 – 2021 accreditation cycle. The revised version has been posted for the 2020-2021 accreditation cycle and substantive changes are in BOLD. APPM changes are applicable to all commissions.

2020-2021 Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual >

Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission

Changes, Proposed Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

On November 2, 2019, the ABET Applied Science and Natural Science Area Delegation approved for implementation in the 2020 – 2021 accreditation cycle, Program Criteria for Geology and Similarly Named Programs and Industrial Hygiene and Similarly Named Programs.

In addition, they approved the release of Proposed Program Criteria for Facility Management and Similarly Named Programs, Occupational Safety, Health and Similarly Named programs and Surveying/Geomatics and Similarly Named Programs for public review and comment through June 15, 2020.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Facility Management and Similarly Named Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Occupational Safetey and Health and Similarly Named Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Surveying and Geomatics and Similarly Named Programs

Computing Accreditation Commission

Changes, Proposed Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

On July 20, 2019, the ABET Computing Area Delegation approved the release of Program Criteria for Associate Cybersecurity and Similarly Named Computing Programs and Program Criteria for Information Technology and Similarly Named Programs for public review and comment through June 15, 2020.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Associate Cybersecurity and Similarly Named Computing Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Information Technology and Similarly Named Computing Programs

Engineering Accreditation Commission

Changes, Proposed Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

On November 2, 2019, the ABET Engineering Area Delegation approved for implementation in the 2020 – 2021 accreditation cycle, non-substantive changes for Program Criteria for General Criteria for Master’s Level and Integrated Baccalaureate Master’s Level Engineering Programs; Aerospace and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Chemical, Biochemical, Biomolecular and Similarly Named Programs; Agricultural and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Bioengineering, Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Biological and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Environmental Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Manufacturing and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Manufacturing and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Nuclear, Radiological and Similarly Named Engineering Programs, Optical, Photonic and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Petroleum and Similarly Named Engineering Programs; Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Ocean Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs .

In addition, they approved the release of Proposed Program Criteria for Industrial Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs and Surveying and Similarly Named Engineering Programs for public review and comment through June 15, 2020.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Industrial Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Surveying and Similarly Named Engineering Programs

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

Changes, Proposed Revisions and Proposed Program Criteria

On November 2, 2019, the ABET Engineering Technology Area Delegation approved for implementation in the 2020 – 2021 accreditation cycle non-substantive changes in the General Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs, Criterion 5. Curriculum and Program Criteria for Air Conditioning, Refrigerating, Heating and Ventilating Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs and Chemical/Refinery/Process Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs.

In addition, they approved the release of Proposed Program Criteria for Industrial Engineering Technology and Surveying/Geomatics Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs for public review and comment through June 15, 2020.

Comment:

Proposed Program Criteria for Industrial Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Proposed Program Criteria for Surveying/Geomatics Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Accreditation Changes from Previous Cycles

  • 2019-2020

    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.

    C3 & C5 Webinar

    Everything you wanted to know about the new C3 & C5 but were afraid to ask! This webinar for Team Chairs focuses on transitioning to the new C3 & C5 Criteria. The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation by Patsy Brackin, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A moderated by Bopaya Bidanda. Watch it here and download the presentation slides.

    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 (2018-2019 and earlier) and the new General Criteria 3,5,6 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

  • 2018-2019

    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 are 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 are 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.

    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

  • 2017-2018

    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

    Applied Science Accreditation Commission

    Proposed Revisions

    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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    Computing Accreditation Commission

    Proposed Revisions

    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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    Engineering Accreditation Commission

    Criteria Changes and Proposed Revisions

    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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    Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

    There are no changes or proposed revisions.