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 1.      What’s ABET

ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) was founded in 1932. 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 accredits over 3,300 programs at more than 680 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.

ABET accreditation, which is voluntary and achieved through a peer review process, provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students.

ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

2.      History of ABET

ABET has been providing accreditation services for technical education programs for nearly 80 years. ABET was founded in 1932 as the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD), an engineering professional body dedicated to the education, accreditation, regulation, and professional development of the engineering professionals and students in the United States.

3.      ABET Vision and Mission

ABET Vision --ABET will provide world leadership in assuring quality and in stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology education.

I.B. ABET Mission –ABET serves the public through the promotion and advancement of education in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET will:

I.B.1. Accredit educational programs.

I.B.2. Promote quality and innovation in education.

I.B.3. Consult and assist in the development and advancement of education worldwide in a financially self-sustaining manner.

I.B.4. Communicate with our constituencies and the public regarding activities and accomplishments.

I.B.5. Anticipate and prepare for the changing environment and the future needs of constituencies.

I.B.6. Manage the operations and resources to be effective and fiscally responsible.