ABET = Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
ABET accreditation is a professional accreditation for degree-granting programs in the engineering and technology fields. We should have this accreditation because some students going through our program will likely seek professional licensing later on.
There are many different program-specific accreditations we can pursue and they have different requirements for being approved by ABET. For example a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering has many more requirements of accreditation prescriptively spelled out than a “general” Bachelor of Science in Engineering, in terms of number of hours of certain coursework in the curriculum, qualifications of faculty, and equipment and facilities, to name a few of the categories.
There is ongoing discussion about how to best meet accreditation requirements given the capacity of our particular institution.