About Computing Accreditation

Accreditation is a voluntary process through which a degree program is deemed to have met certain standards. CSAB coordinates the volunteers who evaluate programs, while ABET issues the accreditations. There are currently more than 350 accredited computing programs in the U.S. In addition, there are more than 30 accredited outside the U.S., and that number continues to grow.

The Accreditation Criteria

The accreditation criteria, along with a policy and procedure guide and other important documents, can be found at http://www.abet.org/accreditation-criteria-policies-documents/. (Note: Software Engineering accreditation criteria is located within the Engineering Accreditation Commission, not the Computing Accreditation Commission.) The criteria is developed by computing professionals who volunteer through CSAB and ABET.

The Process

ABET provides a clear step-by-step guide to the accreditation process on its website. Please visit http://www.abet.org/accreditation-step-by-step/.

Consultations and Mock Visits

CSAB maintains a list of experienced program evaluators and team chairs who are able to provide consultations on meeting the accreditation criteria, assessment, and self-study preparation and to participate in mock campus accreditation visits. Please email lglazer@csab.org with your specific requirements, and all efforts will be made to fulfill them. Lists of evaluators with contact information are not provided to protect the privacy of volunteers.

Become a Program Evaluator

There is no better way to learn about assessment and ABET accreditation than to become a program evaluator yourself. Learn more.