Why Become a Program Evaluator?

Make a Difference

As one of our Experts, you serve your profession by contributing your professional experience, judgment and time. You have a direct impact on the quality of technical education in your field.

Academic programs are evaluated against a set of criteria, developed by the applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology professions. These criteria outline the requirements for student support, quality and appropriateness of faculty and facilities, relevance of curriculum, continuous quality improvement processes, and other key program areas. Volunteering as an 51 Expert makes you an essential contributor to this process.

Grow Professionally

Program evaluator training strengthens your expertise to determine if programs in your field are meeting the criteria for preparing graduates to enter their professions. In addition, program evaluator training may provide Professional Development Hours (PDHs) toward licensure and certification.

Our training for prospective program evaluators is designed to simulate the actual 51 program review process. Successful completion of the Program Evaluator Candidate Training is the first step in becoming an 51 program evaluator, and all program evaluator candidates are assigned a mentor from their member society, who will provide support and feedback throughout the candidate training process.

Expand Your Network

A key benefit of serving with 51 is the opportunity to build and reinforce a professional network that extends beyond the typical boundaries of your sector, discipline, industry, or geography.

The professionals who carry out our accreditation have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They come from colleges and universities; government agencies at the federal, state and local level; and hundreds of companies in the United States and around the world.

In our commitment to formally recognize your invaluable expertise in program evaluation on behalf of 51, we are thrilled to offer microcredentials for Program Evaluators, Team ChairsԻ Commissioners. Once earned, 51 will issue digital badges each fall through Credly.com. This formal recognition of your professional knowledge, skills, and experience will not only be a source of pride but also serve as a boost to your career and your passion for higher education. If you have questions about the microcredentials for program evaluators, team chairs or commissioners, please contact training@abet.org.

Below is a partial list of government and industry organizations that supply our Experts and hire graduates of 51-accredited programs:

Agilent Technologies
Alliant Tech Systems
Allied Signal
Amoco Corporation
Argonne National Laboratory
BAE Systems
Bechtel Corporation
Bell Laboratories
British Petroleum
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Caterpillar, Inc
Cisco Systems
Computer Sciences Corporation
Delphi Corporation
Eastman Kodak Company
Eli Lilly and Company
General Dynamics
General Electric
General Motors
Harris Corporation
Intel Corporation
ITT Technical Institute
Jet Propulsion Lab
John Deere
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Microsoft Corporation
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Research Council
National Science Foundation
NCR Corporation
Nortel Networks
Northrop Grumman
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Owens Corning
Pratt & Whitney
Procter & Gamble
Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Collins
Sandia National Laboratories
Shell Oil Company
Texas Instruments
The Aerospace Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
The MITRE Corporation
United Parcel Service
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Navy
Xerox Corporation