Accreditation criteria

CRITERIA FOR
ACCREDITING ENGINEERING PROGRAMS (KEC2015)

All engineering program seeking accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Committee of ABEEK shall provide with four or more years of outcomes-based education. The programs must satisfy the following eight criteria.

1) Program Educational Objectives
2) Program Outcomes
3) Curriculum
4) Students
5) Faculty
6) Educational Environment
7) Program Improvement
8) Program Criteria

Criterion 1. Program Educational Objectives

The engineering program must establish and periodically review program educational objectives.

  1. 1.1The program must publish program educational objectives that are consistent with the missions of the educational institution, the needs of the program's constituencies including industries, and evolving social conditions.
  2. 1.2The program must regularly review its program educational objectives and amend them if necessary.
Criterion 2. Program Outcomes

The engineering program must establish in accordance with its program educational objectives program outcomes that indicate knowledge, skills and attitudes of its students by the time of graduation. The attainment of the program outcomes must be evaluated via a documented process.

  1. 2.1The engineering program must have program outcomes that align with program educational objectives. Additional program outcomes may be articulated if they are deemed necessary.
    1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, basic science, engineering, and information technology to the solution of engineering problems
    2. an ability to analyze data and experimentally verify the given facts or hypotheses
    3. an ability to define and formulate engineering problems
    4. an ability to apply latest information, research-based knowledge, and appropriate tools to the solution of engineering problems
    5. an ability to design systems, components and processes within realistic constraints
    6. an ability to contribute to project team output to the solution of engineering problems
    7. an ability to communicate effectively under diverse situations
    8. an ability to understand the impacts of engineering solutions in the context of health, safety, economics, environment and sustainability.
    9. an ability to understand professional ethics and social responsibilities as an engineer
    10. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning in the context of technological change
  2. 2.2The program must have in place a documented process for assessing program outcomes.
  3. 2.3The program must assess program outcomes by applying the documented process.
Criterion 3. Curriculum

The engineering program must provide an integrated curriculum that lead to the achievement of program outcomes. The curriculum must satisfy minimum credit requirement of each subject area and be appropriately managed. One credit is the equivalent of one lecture hour every week for one semester.

  1. 3.1The program must set up and sustain curriculum that lead to the achievement of program outcomes.
  2. 3.2The curriculum must require minimum of 30 credits of mathematics, basic sciences (experiments may be included) and computing. Computing courses must not exceed 6 credits.
  3. 3.3The curriculum must require minimum of 54 credits of engineering and related topics including design, experiment and practice components. The design component must include an entry-level design course and a capstone design course.
  4. 3.4The curriculum must include liberal arts subject that complements the other subject areas in the achievement of program outcomes.
Criterion 4. Students

The engineering program must demonstrate that its students are properly advised in the attainment of program outcomes.

  1. 4.1Student performance must be systematically evaluated.
  2. 4.2Student must be advised on academic progress including curricular and graduation requirements.
  3. 4.3The program must enforce criteria and procedures to assure that each student meets all program requirements upon graduation.
Criterion 5. Faculty

The faculty must hold relevant professional qualifications and actively participate in program improvement.

  1. 5.1The number and make-up of the faculty must be sufficient to provide adequate coverage of all curricular subject areas, and to provide adequate counseling to students.
  2. 5.2Faculty members must actively participate in continuous improvement of the program.
  3. 5.3Faculty commitment to program improvement must be reflected in the assessment of faculty performance and in determining promotion.
Criterion 6. Educational Environment

The engineering program must build and maintain adequate environment, and the institution must provide adequate support to the program.

  1. 6.1The program must set up and sustain an administrative system for program delivery.
  2. 6.2Adequate financial resources, space, facilities, and equipment must be secured and maintained by the program.
  3. 6.3Administrative staff and teaching assistants must be adequate for program delivery.
Criterion 7. Program Improvement

The engineering program must engage in continuous quality improvement.

  1. 7.1Results of the program outcomes assessment and curricular delivery must be analyzed.
  2. 7.2Internal and external feedbacks on program delivery must be comprehensively analyzed.
  3. 7.3The analyses results must lead to continuous quality improvement of the program.
Criterion 8. Program Criteria

Each computing program must satisfy applicable program criteria listed below. The program can be matched with one of the program criteria listed below, which are subject to periodic review.1 The program that does not match with the corresponding administrative unit of the institution may still be accredited.

  • Program criteria for architectural and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for mechanical and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for agricultural and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for industrial and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for industrial and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for biological and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for textile and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for nuclear, radiological and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for materials and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for electrical, electronic and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for naval architecture, ocean and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for computer and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for civil and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for aerospace and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for chemical and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for environmental and similarly named engineering programs
  • Program criteria for convergence engineering programs
  • Others (non-traditional engineering programs)
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