Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs)

Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) - often known as "accords" - are agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. These are non-governmental agreements that recognize the substantial equivalency of the organizations' accreditation processes and the graduates' preparedness to begin professional practice at the entry level.

Substantial equivalency means that the accreditation systems have comparable standards, outcomes, and processes, though they may not be identical. The mutual recognition of accrediting systems is intended to improve technical education worldwide and foster the mobility of students and graduates.

ABET is a signatory to five MRAs:

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Accredited Programs at Women’s Colleges

Smith College was the first women's college to have an ABET-accredited program. Its engineering science program has been accredited since 2003.