- To provide guidance for improvement of existing programs and for development of new programs
- To stimulate educational improvement
- To publish a list of accredited programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology
Why Is ABET Accreditation Important?
- Accreditation helps students and their parents choose quality college programs.
- Accreditation enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared.
- Accreditation is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.
- Accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.
ABET’s Philosophy of Outcomes-Based Accreditation
- It is the institution’s responsibility to demonstrate how the program meets the relevant Criteria.
- ABET’s current accreditation processes are strongly oriented toward outcomes-based accreditation.
- In outcomes-based accreditation, institutions and programs define their mission, Program Educational Objectives, and Program Outcomes to meet the needs of the intended constituents.
- The emphasis of outcomes-based accreditation is on continuous program improvement.
- It is the institution’s responsibility to demonstrate how a program’s Educational Objectives and Outcomes are met.
- Outcomes-based accreditation focuses on
- Learning, not teaching
- Students, not faculty
- Outcomes, not inputs or capacity
- “It’s not what you have but what you do with it.”