By NewsWeek Educational Insight
In a world that has become increasingly interconnected and where technology is no longer an “industry”, as it permeates everything we do from ordering food to managing your healthcare, it is no surprise there is a shortage of qualified tech professionals.
Every day, many jobs in engineering, IT and sciences go unfilled because unfortunately not all students in today’s higher education environment are exposed to the same level of preparation or programming. That’s where ABET accreditation plays a very important role by assuring confidence and supporting global career mobility in the fields we accredit:
- Assures prospective students that a program 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.”
So if you want to become an engineer, a computer scientist, or launch a career in any of the STEM fields, you want to make sure you can be confident not just in your degree, but in the education you have received along the way. That is why it’s important you graduate from an ABET-accredited program.
ABET accreditation is the global standard in STEM education. From engineering and computing, to the applied and natural sciences, graduating from an ABET-accredited program will put you in the best position to obtain a job in your field. With accredited programs in 30 countries, you can be sure that employers all over the world will recognize the value of your education, as they seek to find professionals prepared and equipped to handle the complex environments where they are expected to thrive. Universities and employers worldwide understand that high educational and program standards are an important part of finding the best tech professionals.
As the global accreditor of university programs in STEM disciplines, ABET’s job is to make certain students and employers have the confidence that a program meets the quality standards and produces graduates prepared to enter a global workforce. As a specialized accreditor, ABET plays a critical role in ensuring the quality of education for future tech professionals, who will in return play a crucial role in the global economy by helping solve the world’s most complex problems.
We promote excellence in technical education by focusing on continuous quality improvement processes, not by prescribing methods. With technological change occurring so rapidly, institutions seeking to ensure their programs are dynamically evolving participate in the ABET accreditation process.
Ensures that graduates have met the educational requirements necessary to enter the profession
Provides opportunities for the industry to guide the educational process to reflect current and future needs
What makes ABET the world standard for excellence in engineering, engineering technology, computing, and the applied and natural sciences?
Our accreditation criteria.
ABET accreditation criteria are developed by technical professionals and members of our 35 member societies. Each society dedicates volunteers to perform program reviews related to its professions. Coming from academic, industrial and governmental backgrounds, ABET volunteers are trained experts who evaluate programs for relevancy, content, and quality. This third-party peer review is critical in the technical fields, where quality, precision, and safety are of utmost importance, and sets ABET apart from other accreditors. It is a solid process that has been refined over 80 years.
By bringing together thought leaders from industry and academia, ABET ensures their processes truly align with the needs of employers and educators. Bringing both industry and academic perspectives together, our criteria remain both relevant and current.
For employers worldwide, ABET accreditation serves as an effective screening tool for identifying qualified new hires. Ask any employer in the STEM fields and they will tell you that the people they are looking to hire must not be singularly good at engineering, science or technology. These new hires must also be strong communicators, business-minded and globally aware. In professions that are truly global by nature, graduates need to connect with customers, learn new jobs in different functions and organizations, work with diverse teams, all while maintaining technical currency and excellence in all they do.
Many universities also consider ABET-accreditation while reviewing applicants interested in pursuing advanced degrees. If a prospective student comes from an ABET-accredited program, admission officials and department heads will know that he or she has a solid education behind them and the foundation necessary to move forward and succeed, whether they are from Portland, Porto or Palestine. And this increases their chances of obtaining an advanced degree.
Another key factor in the accreditation process is ensuring programs have the latitude to innovate and develop creative new approaches to education. Especially in the fast-changing sectors we serve, it is important that programs keep evolving with the needs of industry and society. By instilling a standard of continuous improvement, ABET-accredited programs must always be adapting and evolving to meet industry needs. This ensures students are well-equipped to serve the society we live in; making our world safer, more comfortable, sustainable and efficient.
ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology and we are recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.