ABET Accreditation Process and the Geological Engineering Program
ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology programs in colleges and universities throughout the United States. ABET accreditation is voluntary and achieved through a peer review process. The accreditation process provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession.
ABET was founded in 1932 under the name Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD). This council was an engineering professional body dedicated to the education, accreditation, regulation, and professional development of the engineering professionals and students in the United States. Since 1989 ABET has provided consulting services to accreditation boards around the Globe.
Why Accreditation Matters to our Students?
– Because ABET accreditation helps verify that the quality of the educational experience meets the standards of the profession.
– Because a degree from an ABET degree program helps increasing employment opportunities. For example, many employers, including the federal government, require graduation from ABET-accredited programs to be eligible for employment in certain fields. Also, multinational corporations are increasingly requiring graduation from an ABET-accredited program for overseas positions.
– Because accreditation is often required for eligibility for federal student loans, grants, and scholarships.
– Because many state professional boards require graduation from ABET-accredited programs as a minimum qualification for registration.