ABET Criterion

1. About ABET

ABET is the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Founded in 1932, ABET is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET has accredited over 3,100 programs at more than 670 colleges and universities in 24 countries. ABET provides specialized, programmatic accreditation that evaluates an individual program of study, rather than evaluating an institution as a whole.

2. Accreditation Timeline

More than a year before the on-site visit, the program should:
One year before the on-site visit
Programs seeking initial accreditation in a commission for which the institution has no current ABET-accredited programs must undergo a Readiness Review.
Nine months before the on-site visit
The program submits a Request for Evaluation (RFE) to ABET by January 31st.
Six months before the on-site visit
Programs complete their self-study reports and send them to ABET by July 1st.
ABET invoices the institution for the program visit.
ABET assigns a team chair for the visit, forms the team and sets the visit date. The team then begins reviewing the self-study reports.
In July, ABET invites the institution’s representatives to meet with the team chair at ABET’s Institutional Representatives Day, usually held in Washington, D.C.
One to two months before the on-site visit
On-site logistical planning begins. Rooms should be set up for the review team with the display materials. The visit schedule should be finalized, and student and faculty interviews should be arranged.
On-site visit occurs
Typically, the on-site visit lasts three days, usually Sunday through Tuesday. It includes a review of materials and interviews with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The visit concludes with an exit meeting where the team conveys its findings.
One week after the on-site visit
The program provides the team with any errors of fact resulting from the exit meeting.
Two to three months after the on-site visit
ABET formally communicates the team’s findings in the Draft Statement to the institution.
Three to four months after the on-site visit
The program formally responds to ABET’s Draft Statement to the institution.
Conclusion of the process
ABET’s Commissions meet in July to decide accreditation actions. Programs are formally notified with receipt of the Final Statement to the Institution no later than August 31st.
Being the first university in China to undergo the ABET accreditation process, ECUST feels extremely honored and wants to be the best!
The following is OUR ROAD to ABET:
Sept. 24th, 2012: Signing the Consultation Agreement;
Feb. 14th, 2013: Finishing the first version of Self-Study Report with Prof. Daina Briedis’ Help;
Feb. 14th, 2013: Submitting all the Documents Required;
Mar. 19th –22nd, 2014: Preview Visit of Prof. Daina Briedis;
Apr. 8th, 2013: Passing ABET Readiness Review;

May 19th, 2013: Prof. David Beasley, Dean of College of Engineering, Arkansas State University, was nominated as the Team Chair for the ABET-EAC evaluation;

Nov. 17th-21st, 2013: ABET final onsite review.