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ABET Sessions

Join ABET senior staff and volunteer leadership, as well as representatives from industry, government agencies and academia in a three-day session series. Topics include: program assessment, ABET accreditation policies and processes, quality assurance and stimulating innovation in technical education.

ABET is pleased to present the following sessions at the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference:

ABET Program Assessment

Workshop - ASEE Headquarters and Sponsored Sessions

Sunday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Session Description: Ticketed event: $175 advance registration and $185 on-site registration; includes lunch. Participants will broaden their understanding of the continuous quality improvement of student learning through the design of assessment processes, development of measurable learning outcomes, and application of effective data collection methods that can be implemented when they return to campus. This workshop is interactive, and those attending will work in small groups applying the concepts learned throughout the day. Participants will receive a workshop booklet containing all slides and reference materials. Workshop facilitators: Daina Briedis (Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University) and James Warnock (Bioengineering, Mississippi State University).


What’s New in ABET Accreditation?

Technical - ASEE Headquarters

Monday, June 11, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. & Tuesday June 12, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Session Description: The ABET General Criteria for Accreditation have undergone several changes in the past three years with full implementation for programs occurring starting in the 2011-2012 accreditation cycle. The fundamental focus of these changes was to bring the General Criteria across the four ABET Commissions (Applied Science, Computing, Engineering and Engineering Technology) into a consistent language and process where appropriate. The proposed changes were available for public review and comment during that time, resulting in several improvements to the criteria. This session will highlight how the criteria and self-study questionnaire have changed because of these efforts. Those in attendance will have ample opportunity to ask questions. Facilitators: ABET Volunteer Leadership.


Educational Innovation and ABET-Accredited Programs

Technical - ASEE Headquarters

Monday, June 11, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Session Description: This Double session explores how engineering programs respond to 21st-century needs and strive to successfully meet ABET accreditation criteria. ABET, the world leader in technical education accreditation, is committed to stimulating high-quality educational innovation.

How can we collaborate to provide our students with highly relevant, rigorous, innovative, and accredited technical education programs? Discuss how with these key constituents:

• Higher education faculty and administrators
• Entrepreneurs and industry leaders
• Government agencies tasked with driving innovation
• ABET senior staff


Dispelling Myths: Common Misconceptions about ABET and Accreditation

Technical - ASEE Headquarters

Tuesday, June 12, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Session Description: How are general criteria developed and approved? How are program evaluators assigned and trained? What’s the process for determining the accreditation status for a particular program? How is ABET involved internationally? Do faculty and administrators have any input into ABET accreditation and the process? Why doesn’t ABET just tell us what to do? Does ABET “walk the talk” related to continuous improvement? These are just a sample of the types of questions that are asked by ABET-accredited programs. This session is designed to dispel common myths and answer questions about ABET, accreditation, and the accreditation process. It is also an opportunity for attendees to raise their own “Is it true that...” questions. Facilitators: Ashley Ater Kranov, ABET Managing Director of Professional Services, Joe Sussman, ABET Managing Director of Accreditation and Chuck Hickman, ABET Managing Director of Communications and Society Relations.


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