ABET, Inc., is the recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET is a federation of 28 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years.
Accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates. Accreditation of engineering and computing programs assures programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies.
The Washington State University Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering programs were initially accredited in 1936, at the same time as were programs at many well-known public institutions such as Iowa State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech, as well as private institutions such as Caltech, MIT, and Stanford.
Programs are accredited by the Computing, Engineering, Applied and Natural Science, and Engineering Technology Accreditation Commissions of ABET, www.abet.org. Accreditation criteria are developed by the accreditation commissions of ABET, in conjunction with the various professional societies.
The B.S. degree programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
The B.A. and B.S. degree programs in computer science are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
The Software Engineering undergraduate program is currently not accredited by any accreditation commission of ABET. The Software Engineering program will be seeking initial accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org, in 2019.
Programs and Assessment Processes
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU has identified its constituencies as the employers who hire its students, and the School’s faculty. Additional constituency input comes in the form of the institutional mission of WSU, which reflects the interests of Washington’s citizens.
One component of the accreditation criteria requires each program pursuing accreditation to formulate Program Educational Objectives in consultation with their program-defined constituents. ABET defines Program Educational Objectives as “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation.”
Another component of ABET accreditation requires programs specify Student Outcomes, which “describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.”
ABET is committed to Continuous Improvement and all programs must assess and evaluate the extent to which their Student Outcomes are being attained and use the results of these evaluations for the continuous improvement of the program.
ABET requires that each program make available to the public certain information, namely their Program Educational Objectives, their Student Outcomes, their accreditation status, and data on their student enrollments and degrees granted. This information for the programs offered by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is published at the following locations:
Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes