About Accreditation

 



 

 

The accreditation process is peer review and voluntary process through which higher education institutions evaluate periodically their educational programs. To ensure high quality of educational programs, the accreditation process requires measured outputs which can be compared to clear and well-defined standards. The accreditation process is utilized to establish clearly the instructional goals and objectives, and to enhance program contents and improve program delivery methods.

 

Therefore, the School of Engineering at the University of Jordan adopts a well-defined and dynamic strategic planning to satisfy the goals of quality assurance through the application of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET(http://www.abet.org/)) criteria.

 

 

ABET is a USA non-profit organization which is established in 1932 under the name: “Engineers' Council for Professional Development”. It is the primary organization which is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and certifying the quality of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education. Currently, ABET accredits over 3,700 programs in applied science, engineering, and technology at more than 700 colleges and universities worldwide. The ABET criteria include students, educational program objectives, students’ outcomes, continuous improvement, curriculum, faculty, facilities and institutional support.

 
 

Although all the engineering programs offered by the School of Engineering are accredited by the Higher Education Accreditation Commission (HEAC(http://www.heac.org.jo/)), three educational programs:

 
 
 

1.Chemical Engineering

2.Electrical Engineering

3.Mechanical Engineering

 

has recently attained accreditation from Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). This accreditation is effective until 2022, while the other programs are in the ABET accreditation phase.

 

ABET Accreditation Process

Within ABET context, programs wishing to apply to ABET or being eligible to apply for accreditation, are required to submit a complete self-study report (SSR). The SSR sheds light and provides evidence on how the program meets ABET criteria. The SSR provides evidence of programs educational objectives and students outcomes and describe the assessment processes that are in place to evaluate whether these objectives and outcomes have been met.

 

Following submission of the self-study report an ABET reviewing team, which consists of Program Evaluators, is sent to the campus for a site visit. The team conducts intensive review process by meeting with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other constituencies to gain further information on whether the criteria set by ABET are being met.

 
 

The reviewing team provides draft report which highlights program strengths, concerns, and weaknesses if any.  If the review outcomes include concern and weakness, then they need to be addressed by the educational program either immediately (if weakness is detected) or prior to the next ABET reviewers general visit (if concern is addressed).  If no weaknesses are identified, the program may be granted accreditation until the "Next General Review" which lasts for six years. If weaknesses are identified, the program may be asked to submit an "Interim Report" and possibly to have an "Interim Visit" in order to see if progress is being made on addressing the weaknesses. These occur on two-year cycle.

What is an ABET Accredited Program?

- An ABET Accredited program must have:

1.Long-term Educational Objectives achieved by its alumni and are derived based on

  constituencies needs.

2.A set of measurable Students’ Outcomes that should be achieved at the time of graduation.

 

- An in-place sustainable process for continuous assessment and improvement.

 

*Prof. Menwer Attarakih

Deputy Dean for Quality Affairs & Accreditation

 

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