The Chemical Engineering program is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org), the recognized U.S. accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. Accreditation ensures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. In 2007 and for the first time in the history of higher education in Jordan, three undergraduate Engineering Programs in the Faculty of Engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST); namely Chemical, Biomedical, and Industrial Engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) of the United States of America. By this achievement, the three programs take the lead in the world to receive this accreditation outside the United States. To this endeavor, the undergraduate degrees offered by any of the three departments are similar to those offered by any US ABET-accredit university.
ABET evaluates all aspects related to the program applying for accreditation, which include.
- Program Educational Objectives
- Program Educational Outcomes
- Continuous Improvement
- Program Criteria
The first step in ABET accreditation is that an institution requests an evaluation of its program(s). Each program then conducts an internal evaluation and completes a Self-Study Report (SSR). The SSR documents whether students, curriculum, faculty, administration, facilities, and institutional support meet the established criteria set by ABET. While the program conducts its self-examination, the appropriate ABET commission forms an evaluation team to visit the campus. A team chair and one or more program evaluators make up the evaluation team. Team members are volunteers from academe, government, and industry, as well as private practices.
During the on-campus visit, the evaluation team reviews course materials, student projects, and sample assignments and interviews students, faculty, and administrators. The team investigates whether the criteria are met and tackles any question raised in the SSR.