COVID-19 Updates

ABET continues to monitor the evolving situation related to the coronavirus COVID-19. We know individuals and institutions continue to be under tremendous stress in these uncertain times, and the full impact of this global health crisis still remains to be seen. As we navigate these challenges together, please be assured that we are committed to supporting our common goal of ensuring our world’s sustainability, safety, health and well-being.

Below, you’ll find several announcements regarding this year’s accreditation cycle and upcoming ABET events and programs. Please check this page for additional updates as the situation evolves.

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Updated June 2, 2021

Accreditation: COVID-19 Update

Updated Guidance on Reporting Changes During the Period of Accreditation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Section I.F.1 of the Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (APPM) requires the institutional administrative officer responsible for ABET accredited programs to notify ABET of changes that potentially impact the extent to which an accredited program satisfies ABET accreditation criteria or policies. Examples of changes that normally require this notification are provided in the APPM.

APPM Section I.F. 

ABET recognizes that virtually all accredited programs have made changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to processes that relate to delivery mode, facility access, grading methods, and /or other aspects of areas ABET reviews to assure compliance with its accreditation criteria and policies. Until further notice, COVID-19 driven changes covered under the APPM Section I.F.1 requirement to report them is waived, assuming they are temporary. The expectation is that programs will return to pre-pandemic processes/status as soon as practicable. Any changes that a program determines will become or have been made permanent, regardless of the driving reason, still must be reported to the ABET Director for Accreditation Operations as outlined in the APPM.

2021-2022 Accreditation Cycle

The ABET Board of Directors has voted to move forward with virtual program reviews for the 2021-2022 accreditation cycle, and all program reviews this cycle will be conducted remotely. This means ABET representatives will not physically visit campuses but instead will conduct the reviews by means of video conference, electronic document management systems and email.

ABET successfully completed more than 800 virtual program reviews in the 2020-2021 accreditation cycle. Our staff and the Commission Executive Committees will continue to closely monitor the details of the virtual reviews to ensure the highest standard of integrity and quality.

Please contact accreditation@abet.org with any questions you may have about program delivery or planning for an upcoming review.

We look forward to returning to normal program review visits as soon as possible.

2020-2021 Accreditation Cycle

All reviews were conducted remotely. ABET representatives did not physically visit campuses this cycle, but instead conducted the reviews by means of video conference, electronic document management systems and email. ABET staff and the Commission Executive Committees closely monitored the particulars of the virtual reviews and collected feedback to ensure reviews were conducted with the highest standard of integrity and quality.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to accreditation@abet.org with any questions and concerns about program delivery or planning for an upcoming review.

Accreditation Fees

As we enter the second year of COVID-19, we understand that universities and colleges continue to deal with unprecedented changes to their operations and budgets as they work to reallocate resources and continue to educate students. In light of these challenges, we are reducing maintenance fees for the 2021-2022 accreditation cycle by $50 USD per accredited program.

Adjustments to fees will be reflected in the next invoice.

If you have specific questions about your program, please contact accreditation@abet.org.

ABET Headquarters

The ABET headquarters office will remain closed until September 2021, and all staff are working remotely. We appreciate your patience regarding potential delays in communication with ABET employees, package deliveries, etc. as we work to resolve them as quickly as possible.

For specific questions regarding your program’s accreditation, please email accreditation@abet.org. For questions regarding AMS and our program search page, please email techsupport@abet.org. For all other inquiries, please email comms@abet.org.

Engineering Credentials Evaluation International (ECEI)

We are temporarily unable to provide copies of ECEI Credentials Evaluation Reports. We appreciate your patience, and we will respond to all requests when the ABET headquarters office reopens.

ABET Offerings

Upcoming Events and Workshops may be postponed or offered as virtual events. We will make a determination about future events and send out notifications two weeks prior to the event so participants can make adjustments to their travel plans.