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Volume 10, Issue 2

February 2015

2015 ABET Symposium Offers Unique Learning Opportunities for All

Who should attend the 2015 ABET Symposium, April 23-24, in Atlanta? Anyone who is serious about program assessment and quality assurance in technical education! The ABET Symposium is an excellent value no matter where you are on your assessment and ABET accreditation journey - just starting out, in the middle of the process and looking to optimize, or well-traveled and in need of a refresher.

Here are just a few of the Symposium's exciting and educational features:

  • Three provocative plenary speakers expanding on this year's theme - "Constructive Disruption"  
  • 60 engaging sessions on beneficial topics such as "We Are Interested in Seeking ABET Accreditation... Are We Ready?," "Leading the Assessment Process Through a First-Time Accreditation of an Engineering Program," "Demonstrating Compliance with Criterion 4," and "On-Site Review Logistics" 
  • A new "Global Competence in Technical Education" track that explores contemporary issues, professional ethics, and life-long learning 
  • Frequent networking breaks to engage with subject experts and your colleagues from around the world 
  • Interactive town halls when commission leaders tackle your toughest accreditation questions 
  • Your only opportunity to review well-crafted Self-Study Reports, nominated by the ABET teams that reviewed them 
  • Pre- and Post-Symposium Workshops on assessment, Self-Study Report development, and flipping the classroom 
  • A complimentary invitation to attend and even judge projects during Georgia Tech's Capstone Design Expo 

Register now, or risk missing out on all of these events, resources, and much more!

ABET Executive Director Speaks at the II International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education in India

Michael K. J. Milligan, ABET Executive Director, was a guest speaker at II International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education (ICTIEE), on January 5-8, in Bangalore. The conference aimed to bring engineering educators from around the world to share best practices for preparing engineering graduates from colleges and universities in India to be leaders in addressing global challenges.

Milligan spoke about how ABET criteria help shape the global engineering force of tomorrow. The event was organized by the Indo-U.S. Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) and BMS College of Engineering. Sponsors included two ABET Member Societies, IEEE (formerly the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and our global partners, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and the Global Engineering Dean's Council (GEDC).

Going to SIGCSE 2015? Visit ABET's Booth and Panel Session

Computing faculty and potential program evaluators, this is your opportunity to gain valuable insight into the accreditation process! If you are going to SIGCSE 2015, be sure to make your way over to Booth #102. ABET volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer your questions about computing program accreditation.

Also, make note of ABET's highly interactive session, "Computer Science and ABET Accreditation: What You Should Know," on Friday, March 6, at 10:45 a.m. Participants can learn about accreditation's benefits for computing programs, hear about future accreditation criteria changes, and pose questions and concerns to ABET's panel of computing accreditation experts.

Register Now for Program Assessment Workshops in Atlanta

Alongside the 2015 ABET Symposium (April 23-24) in Atlanta, ABET is offering four Program Assessment Workshops: 

Wednesday, April 22 (Symposium registration required) 

Saturday, April 25 

You can register for any of these workshops, including the Saturday sessions alone, on the main Symposium registration page.

Proposed Revisions to EAC Criteria 3 and 5

Currently, the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) is in the process of drafting potential revisions to EAC Criteria 3 and 5. This link brings you to PowerPoint slides describing this "work in progress."

While these revisions are not official (it is only possible that in the year ahead they will be proposed exactly as written, and they have not yet been reviewed by the ABET Board), we are looking for your observations. You can send us your comments through this form. 

35 Years of Engineering News-Record Looking for a New Home

The magazine Engineering News-Record recently closed its Washington bureau and its DC-based editors are now working from home offices. As a result, the magazine is looking to donate a collection of bound volumes of ENR stretching from 1970-2005. If your member society or institution is interested in owning 35 years of engineering history and has about 30 feet of shelf space, don't miss this opportunity! Please contact ENR Editorial Research Director Scott Lewis by email scott.lewis@construction.com or by phone at 212.904.3507 if you have any questions.  

JUST ADDED: Post-Symposium Workshop on Flipped Classrooms with Newstetter and LeDoux

Symposium participants can maximize their time in Atlanta by registering for Post-Symposium Workshops on Saturday, April 25. Recently, ABET added "Re-Engineering the Engineering Classroom: Flipped, Blended, and Problem-Based Learning," with Georgia Tech's Wendy Newstetter and Joseph LeDoux, as an option on Saturday afternoon. Spaces for this Post-Symposium Workshop and others are limited, so register for your choices today!

Shop Amazon and Support the ABET Learning Center

Raise money for ABET's new learning center while you shop online! Log into smile.amazon.com (not just amazon.com) and select "ABET" as your preferred organization. Then, every time you shop through Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchase price to ABET's efforts to create a state-of-the-art facility to host assessment workshops, committee meetings, and member society events. Make sure you go to smile.amazon.com to take advantage of this option. 

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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