IABEE accredits programs, not institutions. IABEE accreditation is voluntary, based on the internally driven awareness of the importance of quality by programs. And, thus, accreditation itself is not an objective, but a means for the programs and program operating institutions to ensure the continual quality improvement of education.
IABEE accreditation evaluation process is highly oriented towards continual quality improvement efforts. This requires that a program to clearly understand the mission, objectives, stakeholders, learning outcomes, processes (internal practice to meet learning outcomes), facts (data collection), evaluation (interpretation of facts), and follow up (feedback to support decision-making and process improvement).
IABEE accreditation is an international-level accreditation. This means after IABEE becomes a signatory of the international accords (Washington Accord for engineering and Seoul Accord for computing programs), graduates from IABEE accredited programs receive equality recognition with those from programs accredited by other signatories.
The scope of IABEE accreditation covers engineering and computing programs at undergraduate level that award a Bachelor’s degree through 4-years academic curriculum implementation with a minimum total load of 144 credits.
IABEE has developed accreditation criteria of engineering and computing programs based on Washington Accord and Seoul Accord requirements, respectively. IABEE Accreditation Criteria consists of Common Criteria, which applies to all programs, and Discipline Criteria applicable to programs classified within a particular discipline (if any).
The Accreditation Criteria consist of Common Criteria, Discipline Criteria and Category Criteria which further ensure the suitability of graduate competence with the field of study and the workplace. The Accreditation Criteria are developed by involving national/international professional organizations/associations and considering stakeholder inputs. It is different from accreditation types that use the ‘one size fits all’ instrument. See Accreditation Criteria for more detailed information.
Programs wishing to apply for IABEE accreditation must have implemented an Outcome-based Education (OBE) system and satisfy all eligibility requirements. See Accreditation Types and Eligibility for further details.