ABET Resources Task Force

The CACHE ABET Resources Task Force was formed in response to our 2014 visioning process that identified a need among our affiliate departments for resources to help in the data-gathering and analysis activities to support the Self-Study Report, the primary document used to demonstrate compliance with all applicable ABET criteria and policies. To this end, we are now developing a tool from scratch that is tailor-made to address the data-management requirements of the assessment process. The planned system operates through a web interface which enables distributed access for uploading of data and management of the process. Behind the interface is a tightly integrated database which stores many pieces of information relating to the program, its goals, its performance in meeting those goals, and documentation thereof. All of this information can be contributed and viewed by faculty and managed by faculty and staff who oversee the process. The collected data can be analyzed using integrated tools that facilitate the process of identifying and addressing shortcomings in the program, or conversely, identifying elements that are effective. Completion of the tool is expected in time for distribution at the beginning of 2017. ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.