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INTRODUCTION ABOUT THE ABET CRITERIA.

ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) is a non-profit and non-governmental accrediting agency for academic programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET is a recognized accreditor in the United States (U.S.) by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students. ABET accredits postsecondary programs housed in degree-granting institutions which have been recognized by national or regional institutional accreditation agencies or national education authorities worldwide.

In the U.S., there are two types of academic accreditation: (1) institutional and (2) specialized or programmatic.

  • Institutional accreditation is provided by regional and national accreditors and evaluates overall institutional quality, but does not focus on a given academic program.
  • Specialized or programmatic accreditation evaluates an individual program of study, rather than an institution as a whole. This type of accreditation is granted to a specific program at a variety of degree levels (associate's, bachelor's, and master's).

Of these two types of accreditation, ABET provides only specialized accreditation for programs; ABET does not accredit degrees, departments, colleges, institutions, or individuals.

ABET undertakes specialized accreditation for programs at various levels through its four accreditation commissions:

  • Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC), which accredits an applied science program at the associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree level.
  • Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC), which accredits a computing program at the bachelor's degree level only.
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), which accredits an engineering program at the bachelor's or master's degree level.
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC), which accredits an engineering technology program at the associate's or bachelor's degree levels.

To date, ABET has accredited over 3,400 applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries worldwide.  

General Criteria - These criteria address requirements for all programs accredited by a given commission.  These criteria have been developed by the commissions.

1.    Students,

2.    Program Educational Objects,

3.    Student Outcomes,

4.    Continuous Improvement,

5.    Curriculum,

6.    Faculty,

7.    Facilities,

8.    Institutional Support,

9.    Program Criteria - These criteria address program-specific requirements within areas of specialization. These criteria have been developed by ABET Member Societies and the commissions.

There are two distinct phases in the ABET accreditation process:     

  • Assessment processes, which must be in place before a program’s formal submission of a Request for Evaluation (RFE).
  • The 18-month accreditation process itself,  which begins with a Request for Evaluation (RFE) submission.

Before the Accreditation Process: Assessment Planning

Before an institution submits a formal Request for Evaluation for a program, the program must have in place processes for internal assessment. These processes may take several years to develop. During this preparation phase, a program must:

  • Implement the assessment process for program educational objectives and student outcomes.
  • Demonstrate a continuous improvement loop.
  • Collect student work examples.
  • Review the most up-to-date Accreditation Criteria, Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual, and Self-Study Questionnaire(s) which are updated every year.

During the Accreditation Process

Programs that have met the eligibility requirements and completed their assessment planning may begin the accreditation process with the submission of a Request for Evaluation or a Readiness Review if required.

After the Accreditation Process

ABET offers guidance on how to promote your program's accreditation, as well as information on appeals, the complaint process, and what kinds of program changes to report during the period of accreditation.

When a program becomes ABET-accredited, it means that it:

  • Has received international recognition of its quality
  • Promotes "best practices" in education
  • Directly involves faculty and staff in self-assessment and continuous quality improvement processes
  • Is based on "learning outcomes," rather than "teaching inputs"
  • Can more easily determine the acceptability of transfer credits

The statement to each program will typically include the following:

(1) Findings of Fact – A finding of fact indicates a program characteristic that exists and is verifiable through the review process.

(2) Findings of shortcomings:

(a) Deficiency – A Deficiency indicates that a criterion, policy, or procedure is not satisfied. Therefore, the program is not in compliance with the criterion, policy, or procedure.
(b) Weakness – A Weakness indicates that a program lacks the strength of compliance with a criterion, policy, or procedure to ensure that the quality of the program will not be compromised. Therefore, remedial action is required to strengthen compliance with the criterion, policy, or procedure prior to the next review.

(c) Concern – A Concern indicates that a program currently satisfies a criterion, policy, or procedure; however, the potential exists for the situation to change such that the criterion, policy, or procedure may not be satisfied.

(3) Findings of Observation – An Observation is a comment or suggestion that does not relate directly to the current accreditation action but is offered to assist the institution in its continuing efforts to improve its programs.

The decision on program accreditation rests with the appropriate commission of ABET. The following actions are available to the commissions. In the case where two or more commissions are involved in the review of a single program, each commission determines an action independently. Normally, the more severe of the actions voted will be indicated as the action for the program.

(a)  NGR (Next General Review) – This action indicates that the program has no Deficiencies or Weaknesses. This action is taken only after a Comprehensive General Review and has a typical duration of six years.

(b)  IR (Interim Report) – This action indicates that the program has one or more Weaknesses. The Weaknesses are such that a progress report will be required to evaluate the remedial actions taken by the institution. This action has a typical duration of two years.

(c)  IV (Interim Visit) – This action indicates that the program has one or more Weaknesses. The Weaknesses are such that an on-site review will be required to evaluate the remedial actions taken by the institution. This action has a typical duration of two years.

(d)  SCR (Show Cause Report) – This action indicates that a currently accredited program has one or more Deficiencies. The Deficiencies are such that a progress report will be required to evaluate the remedial actions taken by the institution. This action has a typical duration of two years. This action cannot follow a previous SC action for the same Deficiency(s).

(e)  SCV (Show Cause Visit) - This action indicates that a currently accredited program has one or more Deficiencies. The Deficiencies are such that an on-site review will be required to evaluate the remedial actions taken by the institution. This action has a typical duration of two years. This action cannot follow a previous SC action for the same Deficiency(ies).

(f)   RE (Report Extended) – This action indicates that satisfactory remedial action has been taken by the institution with respect to Weaknesses identified in the prior IR action. This action is taken only after an IR review. This action extends accreditation to the next General Review and has a typical duration of either two or four years.

(g)  VE (Visit Extended) - This action indicates that satisfactory remedial action has been taken by the institution with respect to Weaknesses identified in the prior IV action. This action is taken only after an IV review. This action extends accreditation to the next General Review and has a typical duration of either two or four years.

(h)  SE (Show Cause Extended) - This action indicates that satisfactory remedial action has been taken by the institution with respect to all Deficiencies and Weaknesses identified in the prior SC action. This action is taken only after either a SCR or SCV review. This action typically extends accreditation to the next General Review and has a typical duration of either two or four years.

(i)    NA (Not to Accredit) - This action indicates that the program has Deficiencies such that the program is not in compliance with the applicable criteria. This action is usually taken only after a SCR or SCV review, or the review of a new, unaccredited program.

(j)    T (Terminate) – This action is generally taken in response to a request by an institution that accreditation be extended for a program that is being phased out. The intent is to provide accreditation coverage for students remaining in the program.

Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology participated in ABET accreditation activities in 2008 under the project "Strengthening research capacity and training of VNU-HCM " (World Bank 2).  

Currently, HCMUT has 02 programs achieved the accreditation certification of ABET: Computer Science Program and Computer Engineering Program. HCMUT is the first and only one in Vietnam achieved this certification.

Some pictures in the ABET Teams on site visit at the HCMUT, November 2013:

ABET Teams discussed with Lecturers, Employers.

ABET Teams visited the lab of Faculty. 

Board of Rectors was meeting with ABET Teams.

Other news:

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