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Volume 9, Issue 10

October 2014

2015 ABET Symposium Presentation Proposals Due October 15

If you are impacting the future of technical education and would like to share your experiences with your peers, then the time to submit your 2015 ABET Symposium presentation proposal is now! ABET is accepting abstracts for two open tracks - Global Competence in Technical Education and Program Assessment - and programs outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts for one or both tracks.

The deadline to submit abstracts is Wednesday, October 15. No late submissions will be accepted, and proposals received after this deadline will not be considered.

Newly Accredited Programs Added to Online Search

Congratulations to the programs that were accredited for the first time or reaccredited during the 2013-14 review cycle! The list of ABET-accredited programs has been updated to include this information.

Register for This Year's Last Two Fundamentals Assessment Workshops

ABET's interactive Fundamentals of Program Assessment Workshops are designed specifically for those who are new to program assessment. Participants learn about many assessment essentials, including designing program educational objectives, making student outcomes measurable, and creating rubrics. Workshop registration closes in a few days, so register for the session of your choice right away:

Advanced Program Assessment Workshop Picks Up Where Fundamentals Leaves Off

If you have already attended Fundamentals of Program Assessment or have several years of program assessment experience, then ABET's upcoming Advanced Program Assessment Workshop will help you take the next step. Participants learn to evaluate the validity and reliability of their assessment methods and tools, overcome faculty resistance, and make data-driven, evidence-based decisions for continuous improvement. This workshop is Saturday, October 25, in Baltimore, so make sure to register today!

Have You Considered Becoming an ABET Program Evaluator?

This is your chance! Program Evaluators play an indispensable role in the ABET accreditation process, reading program Self-Study Reports and visiting campuses to review programs seeking ABET accreditation and reaccreditation. The volunteer application deadlines for most ABET Member Societies are coming up by year's end, so apply now for selection, training, and assignment during the 2015-16 accreditation cycle.

Jazz, Beignets, and Assessment Skills... Apply for January's IDEAL in New Orleans!

You could spend January 5-8 building a solid program assessment plan while exploring the historic Big Easy, but only if you submit your IDEAL application soon! The Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership (IDEAL) focuses on the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective assessment leader and to manage the change process in your program or college. Seating is limited to 40 participants, so apply now or kiss your chances to indulge in jambalaya, café au lait, and best assessment practices goodbye!

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.