A program seeking accreditation must have documented student outcomes that support the program’s educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering. With input from ASCE, ABET provides a list of seven student outcomes. Programs must document in their self-study report that they achieve these outcomes, plus any additional outcomes that may be articulated by the program. The most recent list of ABET student outcomes is provided below.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.