About ABET


Objectives of ABET Accreditation
  • 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
  1. Learning, not teaching
  2. Students, not faculty
  3. Outcomes, not inputs or capacity
  4. “It’s not what you have but what you do with it.”