The ABET Volunteer Lifecycle

Nearly all ABET volunteers begin their service as Program Evaluators (PEVs) for one of the four ABET Accreditation Commissions. Excellence in this role is often a gateway to other ABET leadership positions for those who wish to serve in these capacities. Opportunities include the following:

Accreditation Commission Member

Each ABET Member Society that holds lead status for curricular areas recognized by at least one of the four accreditation commissions nominates representatives to serve on the appropriate grouping(s). Accreditation commission members, called Commissioners, may be elected to up five consecutive one-year terms. They lead teams of PEVs during program reviews and are recognized as the Review Team Chair.

As members of the commission, they are responsible for participating in final decisions on all accreditation actions within its purview. Commissioners also are involved in creating and revising accreditation criteria, policy, and procedures.

Accreditation Commission Executive Committee Member

Each of the four accreditation commissions is led by an executive committee comprised of officers (Chair, Chair-Elect, Past Chair, and Vice Chair-Operations) and members-at-large. The executive committees shape commission agendas, vote on the approval of new commission members, make recommendations about the performance of Program Evaluators to their societies, and act on behalf of the commission between regularly scheduled meetings.

Board of Directors Member

Each ABET Member Society selects representatives to the Board, proportional to the number of accredited programs for which it serves as lead society. ABET Board Representative Directors serve for a three-year term and may be reappointed once. The Board of Directors is the governing body that sets policies and procedures, approves accreditation criteria, and is responsible for overall ABET strategy, governance, and financial performance.

Board of Directors Officer

Each year, the Board votes for a President-Elect, who joins with the current President, the immediate Past President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer (who is elected to a two-year term) to comprise the ABET Officers. In combination with other volunteers who represent ABET commissions and councils, these individuals serve as the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Members of the Executive Committee typically chair various Board subcommittees, assist in the preparation and presentation of Board agendas, and represent ABET to a range of internal and external constituent groups. 

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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.