Building Online and Hybrid Degree Programs – Models That Work

Nearly a generation of academic commentators has touted the growth of online programs as a means of enhancing learning productivity, lowering instructional costs and expanding student access. Yet a variety of real and perceived barriers have slowed the successful introduction of these programs — particularly in an all-online format — to technical education. This session… Read more »

Building on the New ABET Outcomes to Recharge Your Assessment Processes

ABET-accredited programs are well into the transition to the new ABET outcomes. In this context, this presentation will address how to fix common mistakes made in compliance with ABET criteria as regards continuous improvement and will offer suggestions on gentle renovations that can be made to provide meaningful information about student learning. Use of social… Read more »

Sharing the PEV Perspective

This talk is designed for a prospective PEV who is interested in having as much information as possible on what the job really entails. The speaker has also received feedback that it is useful for representatives of institutions who have never gone through an ABET visit before, as it describes the visit process in detail.… Read more »

How to Prepare for Your ABET Review

A team of evaluators visits the program facility where they verify the information in the Self-Study Report and conduct interviews with students, faculty members, administrators, and advisory board members. A draft statement is then written based on the team’s experience on this visit. A visit is one of the most important events throughout the accreditation… Read more »

Understanding the Use of Rubrics in Program Assessment

The use of rubrics is common in program assessment. However, not all rubrics are equal in clarity and usefulness. This session will explore ways to develop and use rubrics that will engage faculty in efficient ways and drive meaningful improvement. Topics to be explored are types of rubrics, scoring variations and faculty engagement. Examples of… Read more »

Strategies for Encouraging the Retention of Women in Engineering

The need for diversity in engineering is more than just about equity and fairness; it is also about recognizing the value of diverse thoughts and how they can spur creative and innovative solutions for a complex and ever-changing world. This is also the motivation for ABET student outcome 5: “an ability to function effectively on… Read more »

Using the FE Exam for Effective Outcomes Assessment

This session highlights best practices in outcomes assessment using the NCEES Subject Matter Reports to provide participants with information about the strengths and weaknesses of students in a program. The presentation will specifically focus on using the FE results as one tool in assessing the ABET student outcomes. Attend and learn more about how the… Read more »

Towards a Data-Driven Employer-Academia Partnership for Continual Computing Curricular Change

There is a widening gap between employer-perceived needs for workplace-readiness and academic preparation of computing graduates. To close the gap, many major computing employers — including Amazon, Google, and Microsoft — have entered the education space to offer certificates that are touted to substitute for traditional undergraduate degrees. Simply put, universities are missing the mark,… Read more »

Accreditation Outside the U.S. – Lessons From Visiting Teams

This presentation is for institutions outside the United States and details some do’s and don’ts in hosting visiting ABET accreditation teams. To assure a quality and an effective visit, accreditation teams comply with the conflict of interest policy, the Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual, and related guidelines and best practices. This visit framework and cultural… Read more »

Criterion 4 Compliance: A Conversation with Programs and Program Evaluators

What are “appropriate, documented” processes? How many data are “enough”? Why can averaging be ineffective? All Symposium attendees, especially those who are either institutional representatives or ABET Program Evaluators, are cordially invited to join members of ABET’s Accreditation Council Training Committee in a conversation addressing some of the questions and misconceptions that arise regarding Criterion… Read more »