Online and Hybrid Programs: Program Characteristics and Evaluation Approaches

ABET has been visiting entirely online programs for several years. The Criteria remain the same whether the program is online or in-person; however, 100% of the online program visits have some unique characteristics. Currently, 27 institutions have a total of 37 such programs with ABET accreditation representing all four commissions. The panel members will discuss characteristics of a program and visits to 100% online programs from both a program and a visit team perspective. To conclude, we will discuss “what-ifs” for programs that are between 50% and 99% online AND compare those visits to Virtual Visits of the upcoming accreditation cycle.