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ANS and ABET Accreditation

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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.

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