In order to create and maintain quality educational programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology, the
ABET, Inc. offers accreditation for universities.
To be granted accreditation status, a program must meet both the ABET minimum general criteria and the specific program criteria developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The public, prospective students, student counselors, and parents can view accreditation as assurance of a quality education.
ASCE oversees all civil, architectural, and construction engineering, as well as civil, architectural, and construction engineering technology.
The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) accredits civil engineering programs, while the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET is responsible for civil engineering technology programs.
ABET is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as the sole agency responsible for accreditation of educational programs leading to degrees in engineering or engineering technology.
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The accreditation process involves the periodic self-study, review, and examination of all phases of a program, including:
During an accreditation visit, ABET program evaluators not only examine the quality of the educational program, they also provide feedback regarding the program's strengths and weaknesses and offer suggestions for improvement.
It is important to note that ABET does not rank programs or institutions, it only grants or denies accreditation.