ABET is a non-profit organisation composed of over 35 professional and technical associations that accredits university degrees in the fields of applied sciences, computing, engineering and technology. It is regarded as the most important accrediting agency in the world in the field of engineering, and guarantees that the degrees in question sufficiently comply with the demands of the respective professions.
Over 80 years of experience and the accreditation of 3,852 programmes (belonging to more than 776 higher education institutions) in more than 31 countries attest to the reliability of ABET's model. A model that has been defined in direct collaboration with professional and technical associations.
There are mutual recognition agreements between ABET and other national and international accreditation agencies.
The ABET accreditation process is carried out through four accreditation commissions. Each commission establishes accreditation standards for specific programme areas and grade levels.
The commission in charge of the engineering degree and master's degree programmes is the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC).
To receive ABET accreditation, the degree has to fulfil a series of general criteria (for all engineering degrees) and also some specific criteria for each particular title to be assessed. The general quality criteria refer to the students (admission, progress, evaluation...), to the educational goals that alumni are expected to achieve not many years after their graduation, to the skills that students achieve during their studies, to continuous improvement in educational goals and skills, to the course plan, to the teaching staff, to the available facilities and infrastructure and, lastly, to the institutional support safeguarding the degree.
The value of ABET accreditation
- It helps students to choose university programmes offering a guarantee of quality.
- It permits employers to hire graduates with the assurance that they have been well-trained to exercise a specific profession.
- In some countries, it is used as a reference and an endorsement for professional registration, for the regulation of professional licences and in the selection of candidates in certification committees.
- It gives universities a structured mechanism to evaluate and improve the quality of their programmes.
ABET accreditation assures programmes meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.
The UPV generic student outcomes are directly related to the abilities that students of an ABET-accredited degree are expected to have when graduating.