ABET evaluates all aspects related to the program applied for accreditation, which include:
- Program Educational Objectives
- Program Educational Outcomes
- Continuous Improvement
- Program Criteria
The first step in ABET accreditation is that an institution requests an evaluation of its program(s). Each program then conducts an internal evaluation and completes a Self-Study Report (SSR). The SSR documents whether students, curriculum, faculty, administration, facilities, and institutional support meet the established criteria set by ABET. While the program conducts its self-examination, the appropriate ABET commission forms an evaluation team to visit the campus (Virtual). A team chair and one or more program evaluators make up the evaluation team. Team members are volunteers from academe, government, and industry, as well as private practices.
During the on-campus visit, the evaluation team reviews course materials, student projects, and sample assignments and interviews students, faculty, and administrators. The team investigates whether the criteria are met and tackles any question raised in the SSR.