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August 13, 2021

Last summer, the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) and Computing Area Delegation (CAD) of ABET approved criteria for accrediting undergraduate data science programs under CAC. These were developed by a subcommittee of the CSAB-CAC Joint Criteria Committee, and were posted publicly for a review and comment period last fall.

Since that time, members of this subcommittee, along with others from CSAB, its new member the American Statistical Association, and the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET, have been working on developing similar criteria for accreditation of data science programs under ANSAC.

Based on input received during the public review period for the CAC version and a desire to align (as appropriate) the two sets of criteria, the CAC criteria were modified and resubmitted to the commission in July. At the same time, CSAB submitted to ANSAC the newly developed criteria for accrediting data science programs within that commission. Both sets of criteria were approved by their respective commissions last month. Next, they will go to relevant ABET Area Delegations, which meet in October.

CAC Version

ANSAC Version

If your program may be interested in participating in the piloting of the ANSAC criteria, please send contact information and a link to the program website to

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