Why Accreditation Matters
Simply put, accreditation is value. Reaching into our public, private, and professional lives, accreditation is proof that a collegiate program has met certain standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter their professions. Students who graduate from accredited programs have access to enhanced opportunities in areas such as employment, mobility, and providing a positive impact on society.
ABET is an integral part of each of these areas because we accredit over 3,100 applied science, computing, engineering, and technology programs at more than 660 colleges and universities in 23 countries worldwide. Approximately 85,000 students graduate from ABET-accredited programs each year.
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Why Accreditation Matters to Students
Earning a degree from an ABET-accredited program:
- Verifies that the quality of the educational experience you’ve received meets the standards of the profession.
- Increases and enhances employment opportunities.
- Permits and eases entry to a technical profession through licensure, registration, and certification.
- Establishes eligibility for many federal student loans, grants, and/or scholarships.
You should be aware that not all technical programs at every college and university are accredited. Make sure that the program you’re interested in is ABET-accredited.
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How Do You Know?
ABET accreditation provides the best proof possible of a program's quality: the opinions of professionals already working and teaching in that program's area.
Every program that ABET accredits - more than 3,100 programs at over 660 institutions in 23 countries - can be found in the ABET Accredited Program Search.
What ABET Accreditation Assures
More than 2,000 professionals from academia, industry, and government carry out every aspect of ABET accreditation. Because they know their profession's dynamic and emerging workforce needs, they review academic programs to ensure these programs provide students with the technical and professional skills they need to succeed.
An ABET-accredited program assures prospective students that:
- the institution is committed to improving their educational experience
- the program is committed to using best practices and innovation in education
- the program is guided by its industry, government, and academic constituents through formal feedback
- the program considers the students' perspective as part of its continuous quality improvement process