ANS and ABET Accreditation
Who is ABET?
- ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college or university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
- In the U.S., there are 22 programs in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and six in Health Physics that are accredited by ABET.
- ABET accredits 3,600 programs at over 700 colleges and universities in 29 countries.
What is accreditation?
- Assurance that a program meets the quality standards of the profession; ABET accredits programs, not institutions.
- Accreditation gives students a basis for choosing a program and employers a basis for choosing employees.
- Graduation from an ABET-accredited engineering program is usually a requirement for an engineer to be eligible to become a Profession Engineer (PE).
How is ABET connected to ANS?
- ANS is one of 35 member societies; ANS is represented on three of the four ABET Commissions, as well as the ABET Board of Delegates.
- The ANS Accreditation Policy and Procedures Committee (APPC) contributes to developing accreditation general criteria (used by all engineering programs) and program criteria (specific to Nuclear and Radiological Engineering programs).
- The APPC nominates and sponsors ANS members to become program evaluators (PEVs).
- Interested in being a PEV? New PEVs are welcome and encouraged, and necessary for ANS's continued success to accredit Nuclear and Radiological Engineering programs! Contact APPC Chair: Youssef Shatilla through ANS member contact.
Last modified June 14, 2018, 1:48pm CDT