ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredits programs in engineering, engineering technology, applied science, and computing at colleges and universities around the world. On February 16, 2016, the National Academy of Engineering hosted a forum to discuss proposed changes to the criteria used by ABET to accredit engineering programs. The Forum on Proposed Revisions to ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission General Criteria on Student Outcomes and Curriculum (Criteria 3 and 5) convened a variety of stakeholders in the education of engineers, including representatives of universities, industry, and professional organizations. Through presentations, moderated panels, and open discussion, participants examined the content and origin of the proposed changes. The workshop also explored related issues, including a perceived lack of communication surrounding the development of the proposed changes and the degree to which the criteria prepare engineering students for jobs after graduation.
This summary, Forum on Proposed Revisions to ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission General Criteria on Student Outcomes and Curriculum (Criteria 3 and 5): A Workshop Summary, captures key points raised by individual speakers and workshop participants and reflects the opinions of those who spoke at the workshop. This summary has been prepared by the workshop rapporteur as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop; it offers no conclusions or recommendations.