ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

An institution that has been accredited by ABET meets all the standards of quality education and is best for programs related to engineering. Importance of ABET accreditation along with its requirements are explained in detail here.

Updated by Theres Ann on 3rd October 2020

ABET is a non-profit, ISO 9001 organization that aims at accrediting college and university programs in Applied Science, Natural Science, Computing, Engineering, and Engineering Technology.

Currently, around 4,144 programs are accredited by ABET worldwide. Moreover, 812 institutions have also received accreditations from ABET. This accreditation board is spread across 32 countries.

The aim of the program is to assure confidence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and, Mathematics ) programs offered in colleges and universities. The ABET standards have empowered professionals to create a safe, efficient, comfortable, and sustainable environment.

The accrediting team consists of more than 2,200 members from the industry, academia, and the government.

Importance of ABET for students

ABET accreditation is important for students enrolled in STEM programs for the reasons mentioned below.

  • It makes sure that the learning that you receive at your institution is on par with the global standards of the teaching of the program.

  • Provides an opportunity for better employment. This is because Multi-National Companies mostly search for candidates from accredited organizations.

  • Helps in licensure, certification, and registration from an ABET-accredited program.

  • Makes the student eligible for financial aid.

  • As ABET accreditation is internationally recognized, even an international relocation would not affect your career.

Importance of ABET accreditation for institutions

ABET provides several advantages to the institutions. A few of those are given below.

  • An ABET accreditation is a testimony that your program has received international recognition of quality.

  • ABET helps in promoting best practices in the educational scenario.

  • Faculty and staff are continuously involved in self-assessment and quality improvement.

  • Helps in determining the acceptability of transfer credits.

Why is ABET accepted globally?

ABET standards are applied and promoted across the globe to result in a better educated, mobile, dynamic technical work-force, prepared in advance in innovation and professional excellence.

  • The members of ABET are members of 36 professional societies.

  • ABET experts come from academic, industrial, and governmental backgrounds.

  • The accreditation ensures that the professionals are employable.

  • The accreditation provides an opportunity to guide processes that reflect future changes.

  • The accreditation enhances the mobility of professionals as talent can be employed at an international level.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)source - abet.org

ABET Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility requirements to be met while applying for ABET are given below.

  • The ABET should accredit not degrees or departments, but programs.

  • Certification programs, training programs, or doctoral degree programs are not accredited by the ABET.

  • Post-secondary programs by degree-granting institutions are permitted to request for evaluation by this board.

  • The institution should have at least one graduate in the program being requested for review.

Top 10 ABET Accredited Universities (USA) in 2020

Rank

Institution

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2

Harvard University

3

Stanford University

4

University of California, Berkeley

5

Purdue University

6

Cornell University

7

University of Washington

8

Columbia University in the City of New York

9

University of Michigan

10

Penn State University

Top Accredited Online Colleges and Universities (USA) in 2020

Arizona State University

  • Electrical Engineering (BSE)

  • Engineering Management (BSE)

  • Information Technology (BS)

  • Software Engineering (BS)

Capella University

  • Information Technology (BS)

Daytona State College

  • Engineering Technology (BS)

Devry University

  • Engineering Technology-Electronics (BS)

  • Engineering Technology-Computers (BS)

East Carolina University

  • Occupational Safety (MS)

Eastern Kentucky University

  • Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (BS)

Excelsior College

  • Electrical Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Information Technology (BS)

  • Nuclear Engineering Technology (BS)

Grantham University

  • Electronics Engineering Technology (BS)

Kennesaw State University

  • Information Technology (BS)

  • Information Technology (BASIT)

Middle Georgia State University

  • Information Technology (Macon and Warner Robins) (BS)

National University

  • Computer Science (BSC)

Oakland University

  • Safety Management (MSSM)

  • Environmental Health and Safety (BS)

Regis University

  • Computer Information Systems (BS)

  • Computer Networking (BS)

  • Computer Science (CPS) (BS)

  • Information Technology (BS)

Stony Brook University

  • Electrical Engineering (BS)

The Johns Hopkins University

  • Systems Engineering (MSE)

Thomas Edison State University

  • Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Electronics Systems Engineering Technology (BSAST)

Trinidad State Junior College

  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology (AAS)

University of Central Missouri

  • Occupational Safety Management (MS)

University of Southern Mississippi

  • Construction Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Electronic(s) Engineering Technology (BS)

  • Industrial Engineering Technology (BS)

Walden University

  • Information Technology (BS)

Source: https://www.abet.org/accreditation/find-programs/

Conclusion

The accreditation review process is an intensive effort period. Moreover, the accreditation process yields data that can be analyzed to derive insights. The council ensures that the institution provides the necessary technical and professional skills to make the candidates employable. Thus for any STEM programs, ABET is a trust-worthy accrediting agency across the globe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1.How long does it take to receive an ABET accreditation?

    The accreditation process usually takes a minimum of 18 months for completion.

  • 2.What are the types of programs accredited by the ABET?

    ABET accredits Associates, Bachelor's and Master's programs.

  • 3.How many colleges are ABET accredited?

    Currently, 793 colleges are ABET accredited.

  • 4.Is ABET accreditation recognized globally?

    Yes, ABET accreditation is a globally recognized board for STEM and Engineering programs.

  • 5.Does ABET recognize non-US institutions and programs?

    Yes, being a globally recognized accreditation, ABET recognizes non-US institutions and programs.

  • 6.When and where is the 2019 ABET Symposium happening?

    2019 ABET Symposium is happening during April 10-13 in Dallas, Texas.