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Volume 9, Issue 4

April 2014

Board Votes Jones ABET President-Elect

At its spring meeting, the ABET Board of Directors elected Lawrence G. Jones, Ph.D., as its 2014-15 President-Elect. All other positions that were up for election were unopposed. Jones, along with the other 2014-15 Board officers, will be sworn in at the Board's fall meeting in October.

We'll See You in Pittsburgh!

The 2014 ABET Symposium begins this Thursday, April 3. We hope you'll be there to learn, discuss, and explore new ideas in assessment and accreditation with experts from within ABET, around the country, and from all over the world. With our most selective presenter field yet and the widest international audience to date, this year's Symposium promises to be a worthwhile experience.

If you still haven't registered, we will be accepting registrations on site beginning at noon on Wednesday, April 2. We'll see you in Pittsburgh!

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the August IDEAL

Have you been tasked with heading your department's assessment initiatives? Do you wish your program had a more organized and holistic assessment process? If you match these descriptions, then you should apply for the Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership (IDEAL).

IDEAL is ABET's most comprehensive and hands-on professional development program.

Over the course of four days, you and 40 faculty will learn how to integrate basic principles and change management tools to lead the assessment of student learning from the program or college level. You will also develop strategies for a solid program assessment plan that will improve student learning and track program effectiveness.

Take your first step toward a stronger program. Apply to attend IDEAL this August 4-7 in Baltimore, MD.

Reminder to Institutional Representatives: ABET Has Begun Checking for Compliance with Policy Updates

On April 1, ABET began checking program websites to verify that they have complied with the most recent updates to the ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (APPM) Section II.A.6. Your institution's ABET accredited program should already have provided ABET's accreditation department with a URL to check for the required information on your program's website.

All institutional representatives were sent an email from ABET on Friday, March 7. If you did not receive the email please contact Beth Mundy (bmundy@abet.org).

For more information please refer to our instructions for compliance.

Catch These ABET Sessions at the ASEE Annual Conference, Register for Fundamentals of Program Assessment

If you plan on attending the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition in Indianapolis (June 15-18), then you should check out these ABET sessions:

  • ABET 101: What You Need to Know About ABET Accreditation
  • ABET 201: What's New in ABET Accreditation?
  • ABET 301: Educational Innovation and ABET-Accredited Programs
  • ABET 401: How to Become an ABET Program Evaluator

Or if you're looking for a more focused introduction to ABET assessment or a quick refresher before your program's next review, then you should register for our Fundamentals of Program Assessment Workshop on Sunday, June 15. You must be registered for the ASEE Annual Conference to participate in this workshop.

Submit Your Nominations for this Year's ABET Awards

Do you know a person or work with a program that accomplishes great things related to the STEM fields? The annual Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity honors U.S.-based individuals, educational units, and organizations that are facilitating or achieving inclusiveness in the technological segments of our society, and self-nominations are encouraged. In addition, current and former ABET volunteers are invited to nominate their colleagues for the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award and the Fellow of ABET Award.

The deadline to submit all nominations is Saturday, May 31.

Spotlight: Mark E. Cacamis, P.E.

After 35 years in the construction management field, Cacamis' involvement within the industry has recently taken a new turn. Last year, he became the first Member on the ABET Board of Directors from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), ABET's newest member society.

ABET Exhibiting at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. ABET staff will be on hand to talk to students about the importance of attending an ABET-accredited program and what they can expect from one.

We'll also have prizes and giveaways just so we know we're keeping their attention.

Come visit our booth on Saturday, April 26, or Sunday, April 27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Deadline Extended for the EESC Spring 2014 Poster Contest

The deadline for the Engineering Education Service Center's (EESC) Spring 2014 Poster Contest, sponsored by ABET, has been extended to April 9. As the leading accreditor in technical education, ABET is sponsoring the contest as a way to engage and inspire the future generation of technical professionals.

The EESC contest challenges participants (primarily high school/college students, but the contest is open to anyone) to create fun, motivational posters that inspire students to pursue STEM degrees. The four possible poster themes are the four ABET commissions: applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Speaker's Kit Slides Now Available

Want to teach your colleagues more about ABET? How about making a presentation at an upcoming meeting? ABET has developed PowerPoint slides explaining ABET's mission and structure, the ABET accreditation process, the value of accreditation, ABET's global activities, and everything a potential program evaluator needs to know. Volunteers who wish to use slides about any of these topics may contact the ABET Communications Department with their requests.

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What Does ABET Stand For?

Originally, "ABET" stood for "the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology." The organization changed its name to simply "ABET" in 2005.