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Volume 10, Issue 4

April 2015

Board Votes Wayne R. Bergstrom 2015-16 President-Elect

On March 28, the ABET Board of Directors elected Wayne R. Bergstrom, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., as its 2015-16 President-Elect and Mary Leigh Wolfe, Ph.D., as its next Secretary. Bergstrom and Wolfe will be inaugurated at the fall 2015 ABET Board of Directors Meeting in October.

We'll See You In Atlanta!

The 2015 ABET Symposium, is just a few weeks away. Get your itinerary set for two days of accreditation insight, assessment knowledge, and networking with thought leaders in technical education from across the globe.

If you haven't already registered, April 12 is the last day to register unless you do it on-site. Register now to save time and money on your trip to the 2015 ABET Symposium!

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.

ABET Program Assessment Workshops in Atlanta

We are offering four Program Assessment Workshops in Atlanta, GA on April 22 and April 25, before and after the 2015 ABET Symposium.

Learn how to establish an effective program assessment process or refine your existing methods at these workshops:

Wednesday, April 22  

Saturday, April 25 

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

ABET Awards Nominations Due May 31

ABET confers three major annual awards: the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award, the Fellow of ABET Award, and the Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity.

Current and former ABET program evaluators are invited to nominate their colleagues for the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award and the Fellow of ABET Award. The Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity is open to U.S.-based educational units, individuals, and organizations that are facilitating or achieving inclusiveness in the technological segments of our society, and self-nominations are encouraged. Learn more about each of these awards. The deadline to submit all nominations is Sunday, May 31.

8 Reasons to Register for the Symposium at the Last Second

  • 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 

Update Your PEV and TC Bio information for '15-'16

We appreciate all that you do to advance ABET's mission and look forward to your support in another successful year of ABET accreditation reviews.

ABET will soon begin organizing teams for the '15-'16 on-site visits, but first we need you to update your volunteer information. We ask that all TCs and PEVs log on to their MyABET accounts to update important volunteer information.

This includes:

  • Contact Information
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Accepting Updates to the ABET Code of Conduct
  • Unavailability (dates and countries)


Please go directly to our secure site at https://main.abet.org/Evaluator/EvaluatorMain.aspx to update your information.

Extra Post-Symposium Workshop Added

Extra Post-Symposium Workshop Added A new Post-Symposium Workshop has been added for Saturday, April 25, "Re-Engineering the Engineering Classroom: Flipped, Blended, and Problem-Based Learning," with Georgia Tech's Wendy Newstetter and Joseph LeDoux.

Held in classrooms at Georgia Tech, this Post-Symposium Workshop explores the benefits of flipped classrooms and provides examples of technology-enabled education. Space is limited, so register today!

Don't Miss These ABET Events at the 2015 ASEE Conference in June:

What You Need to Know About ABET Accreditation
Monday, 7:00 AM-8:30 AM - Room 304

What's New in ABET Accreditation?
Monday, 2:15 PM-3:45 PM - Room 304

How to Become an ABET Program Evaluator
Tuesday, 2:15 PM-3:45 PM - Room 307

Keep Calm and Carry On! Making Preparations for the Site Visit
Tuesday, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM - Room 304

ABET Fundamentals of Program Assessment Workshop
Sunday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM - Room 303

ASEE's 122nd Annual Conference & Exposition will be held June 14-17, 2015 in Seattle, WA at the Washington State Convention Center.

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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Seven societies founded ABET's predecessor, the Engineers' Council for Professional Development, in 1932. Today, ABET has 34 member societies representing many disciplines.