Preparing for ABET Visit and Program Display Materials – Lac Hong University

  • Date:January 21st, 2022  
    08:30 am
    11:30 am
  • Location:Online

Instructor: Mr. Thai Tran -- Arizona State University

Attendees LHU Leaders/Faculty/QA Professionals seeking expertise in effective and efficient assessment of student attainment of program level student outcomes

Expected Outcomes: An on-site visit allows the accreditation review team to assess factors that cannot be adequately described in the self-study report. ABET has yet to announce whether program reviews for the 2022-2023 accreditation cycle will be conducted face-to-face or online. While the programs are waiting for ABET's decision and announcements regarding next year's accreditation cycle, the workshop delves into the preparation steps, the details of an ABET visit, and the value/outcomes of such a visit. The programs will also cover how to prepare for an ABET visit as effectively and efficiently as possible, whether it is done online or in person.

During the visit, ABET evaluators will review materials that are sufficient to demonstrate that the programs are in compliance with the applicable criteria and policies; and much of this information should be incorporated into the self-study report. Additional evidence of program compliance should be made available to evaluators prior to and during the visit, using an on-line storage location. Thus, the participants of the workshop will explore how to assemble supporting materials and evidence to be presented at an on-site visit to demonstrate programs’ compliance with ABET criteria and policies.

Workshop outcome will be program’s improved progress and readiness for an actual ABET evaluation.

January 21, 2022
8:15 – 8:30 am Registration and Entry into Zoom Room
8:30 – 8:35 am Welcome to Workshop
8:35 – 9:45 am Preparing for an ABET Visit
The on-site visit takes place between September-December (or extended up to February for virtual reviews) and the programs should begin planning and preparation months in advance. The on-site visit includes a review of program materials, interviews with students, faculty, staff and concludes with an exit meeting. Preparing for an online visit involved (1) preparing the “display room” materials in an online format, (2) pre-recording lab tour videos, (3) conducting live video lab tours via Zoom, and (4) supporting video conferencing meetings. This session will assist academic program teams in exploring typical visit schedules and how to foster a "smooth" evaluation.
9:45 – 10:00 am Break
10:00 – 11:00 am Application: Choosing Direct Assessment Methods
During the ABET review visit, evaluators will review samples of displayed course materials including course syllabi, textbooks, example assignments and exams, and examples of student work; thus, the display materials should be readily available throughout the visit. In this session, the programs will explore example of a possible file organization and receive recommendations for ABET display materials.
11:00 – 11:30 am Discussion between Programs Accreditation Teams and BUILD-IT Team
Opportunity for programs to raise specific issues or questions related to their current state preparations for ABET accreditation visit.
11:30 am Wrap-up and thank you!