College Accreditation

Preparing for Accreditation Visits

IIE Annual Conference & Expo 2016
Anaheim, Calif.
Sunday, May 22
1–5 p.m.

Annual workshop helps universities with accreditation process
The IISE Accreditation Advisory Council again will sponsor a workshop at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo to help industrial engineering and industrial engineering technology department chairs and assessment coordinators prepare for upcoming ABET accreditation visits. The session will focus on assembling documentation and making arrangements in advance of an accreditation visit, with a specific emphasis on industrial engineering program criteria.

The workshop is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 22 as a session during the conference, which will be held May 21-24 at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

The session can accommodate up to 50 people, and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email Bonnie Cameron at

In the United States, accreditation is a nongovernmental, peer-reviewed process that ensures educational quality. Educational institutions volunteer to undergo periodic review to determine if certain criteria are being met. Accreditation is not a ranking system. It is assurance that a program or institution meets established quality standards.

Research accredited engineering programs.

Why is accreditation important?

There are many factors to consider when choosing a college program. One of the most important is whether that program is accredited. Accreditation assures that a program has met certain quality standards. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure and certification boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. In fact, most of these groups require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification.

Accreditation helps many people make important decisions about education:

  • Students choosing an educational program
  • Parents seeking assurance of a quality education
  • Institutions seeking to improve the education provided by their programs
  • Employers recruiting well-prepared graduates

For more information, visit ABET.

About ABET
ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. IISE is the sole accrediting society for industrial engineering programs in the United States.

A portion of your membership supports ABET accreditation.

IISE recruits and trains members to serve as program evaluators in the accreditation process.

Find accredited industrial engineering programs by visiting the ABET web site at: 

The programs identified in the link are accredited by Engineers Canada. ABET has two Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) with Engineers Canada for engineering programs. Therefore, some of the programs listed in the link may be recognized by ABET as being substantially equivalent to ABET accredited programs.

The 2016 ABET Symposium
April 14-15
Diplomat Resort & Spa
Hollywood, Fla.
Click here for more information.