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ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. ABET currently accredits 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries.

Our approach, the standards we set and the quality we guarantee, inspires confidence in those who aim to build a better world — one that is safer, more efficient, more comfortable and more sustainable.

With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

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ABET Accreditation of Data Science Programs: Status and Proposed Criteria
The data science field has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years, as organizations across the globe continue to ramp up the hiring of qualified personnel.  Several institutions have created their own versions of data science/analytics programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. The process of developing curriculum standards and guidelines for data science is also evolving as institutions of higher education create more programs. A standardized understanding of data science as an independent field of study has begun to emerge, harmonized with the bodies of knowledge of computing, statistics and mathematics.

A taskforce representing diverse constituents has been exploring possible ABET accreditation criteria for data science programs.

The draft program criteria have been developed by data science experts and reviewed by over 80 additional experts in five different venues. These criteria will undergo a rigorous approval and public review process over the next two years, including piloting their application to a number of university programs.

We invite you to provide feedback to this process.

The Value of Accreditation: How ABET Helps STEM Programs Adapt to Industry’s Evolving Needs
Research has shown that more engagement between academia and industry is needed to equip students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs with the skills today’s employers require. Sitting at the nexus of industry and academia, ABET bridges this gap to ensure that STEM graduates are prepared with knowledge, skills and aptitudes to meet workforce demand. With several feedback channels from industry, ABET continues to support STEM programs in adapting program content and delivery as markets and professions evolve.

This issue brief explores the value of ABET accreditation from the perspective of industry stakeholders and underscores the important role of industry experts in the accreditation process, through participation in the ABET Industry Advisory Council (IAC), representation of professional societies and involvement as Program Evaluators.