ABET - Accreditation

What is ABET?

ABET serves the public globally through the promotion and advancement of educational programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.  ABET is recognized nationally and internationally as the accrediting agency for these educational programs.  ABET accredits over 3,100 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities worldwide through the dedication of over 2,000 volunteers from 31 member societies.  ABET has provided leadership and a commitment to continuous improvement of academic programs for over 75 years.


ABET Accredited Engineering Programs at UAH.

The College of Engineering offers eight (8) undergraduate engineering degree programs (see list below).  All these degree programs are ABET-accredited through the fall of 2015.  At that time, the College of Engineering programs will undergo an ABET evaluation process.  

Aerospace Engineering (accredited since 1992)         Electrical Engineering (accredited since 1987)

Chemical Engineering (accredited since 1986)            Industrial & Sys Engineering (accredited since 1974)

Civil Engineering (accredited since 1987)                    Mechanical Engineering (accredited since 1976)

Computer Engineering (accredited since 1990)           Optical Engineering (accredited since 1996)


College of Engineering Program Educational Objectives

ABET requires that accredited engineering programs must have published program educational objectives (PEOs) that are consistent with the mission of the institution and the needs of the program’s various constituencies. PEOs are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing for graduates to attain within a few years of graduation.  Further, there must be a documented, systematically utilized, and effective process, involving program constituencies, for the periodic review of these program educational objectives that ensures they remain consistent with the institutional mission and the program's constituents' needs.


College of Engineering Program Outcomes

ABET requires that accredited engineering programs must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives.  Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do upon graduation. Student outcomes are defined such that faculty have an understanding of the expectations for student learning.  Various assessment tools (e.g.) direct, indirect, quantitative, and qualitative measures) are used to evaluate the attainment of student outcomes.