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Becoming a Program Evaluator

Program Evaluators Make Quality Happen!

Program evaluators are the heart and soul of quality assurance and the heart and soul of CSAB. These volunteers don’t shuffle papers–they visit campuses around the country and the world to help improve computing education. They tour labs, talk to faculty, meet students and alumni, and work closely with their fellow evaluators and team leader along the way. If this sounds interesting, keep reading!

Who Are the Evaluators?

Coworkers discussing documents in a meeting settingEvaluators are professionals in their fields. They might be computer scientists, information analysts, IT specialists, or software engineers. They are professors, executives, administrators, managers, and technical experts. They work in research institutions, private consulting, Fortune 500 companies, government services, and state colleges. They are a diverse group, but they all have one thing in common: They care about computing education. Learn more about where our volunteers come from.

How Do I Get Involved?

First, make sure you understand the qualifications

Membership in the ACM or the IEEE Computer Society is required, and additional professional involvement is preferred. Good communication skills are necessary.

Evaluators need to be able to participate effectively in an evaluation. They need to understand the academic and curricular issues in depth.

An academic PEV must hold an associate professor or professor rank in a computing discipline, or equivalent.

Preferably, an academic PEV should have the following:

  • Continuing contact with undergraduate computing students (e.g., teaching and advising)
  • Experience in evaluating and/or defining computing programs, preferably active involvement in preparing for CSAB accreditation

Evaluators need to be able to participate effectively in an evaluation. Evaluators should complement the academic team members in an evaluation and provide industrial perspectives in the evaluation.

An industrial PEV must hold at least a master’s degree and have at least one degree in a computing discipline.

Preferably, an industrial PEV should have the following:

  • Five years of experience as a working practitioner in a computing-related field
  • Recent contact with B.S. computing graduates
  • Experience in evaluating the graduates of B.S. computing programs (e.g., recruiting, hiring, interviewing, and supervising them)

Other useful experiences include:

  • One year of management experience in a computing-related discipline
  • Experience in evaluating computing programs (e.g., industrial advisory committees, curriculum committees, undergraduate teaching experience)
  • Experience in evaluating the criteria for success in a computing career (e.g., career monitoring, academic advisory activities, making hiring and promotion decision

Applications are evaluated based on a number of factors in addition to the minimum qualifications above. These include but are not limited to written English proficiency, technical currency, and written communication skills. Selection may also take into consideration other factors related to the composition of CSAB’s entire PEV pool, including the need for a broad mix of evaluators representing different institution types, ethnicities, genders, geographic regions, professional backgrounds, and educational experiences. The projected demand for accreditation in each CSAB discipline is also a factor.

If Your Application Is Approved

If your application is approved, you will be asked to complete online evaluator training pre-work, 1.5-day face-to-face training (travel costs covered by ABET), and a 2-hour webinar. If the training is completed successfully, you are ready for your first campus visit!

How to Apply

If you are comfortable with the qualifications, it’s time time to apply. Just visit http://www.abet.org/network-of-experts/join-us/ to get started.

Application Deadline

Applications typically must be submitted by December 31. CSAB reviews applications annually in January and February. Applicants should expect a notification by mid-March.

More Information

Still not sure? Then visit http://www.abet.org/network-of-experts/join-us/ to learn more about this important role and the many great reasons to volunteer.

To learn more about volunteering for CSAB, email csab@csab.org.

Activities Calendar

October

  • CSAB Fiscal Year Begins
  • CSAB Annual Board Meeting; New Representative Directors Seated at Close of Meeting
  • ABET Fall Board Meeting
  • ABET Society Summit
  • Evaluation Visits

November

  • CSAB Committee Members Finalized
  • Program Evaluator Candidate Recruitment
  • Evaluation Visits

December

  • Program Evaluator Candidate Recruitment
  • Program Evaluator Candidate Annual Application Deadline: December 31

January

  • Program Evaluator Candidates Selected for Training
  • Commissioners Nominated
  • Commission Executive Committee Meetings

February

  • Program Evaluator Candidates Assigned Mentors and Begin Training Process
  • CSAB Winter Board Teleconference

March

  • Team Chair Assignments Made
  • ABET Spring Board Meeting

April

  • CSAB Annual Executive Committee Meeting
  • Commission Executive Committee Meetings
  • ABET Program Evaluator Candidate Training

May

  • Program Evaluator Assignments Made
  • CSAB Award Nominations Annual Deadline: May 31
  • ABET Program Evaluator Candidate Training

June

  • CSAB Spring Board Teleconference
  • Program Evaluator Assignments Made
  • Program Criteria Training Webinars Held

July

  • ABET Commission Meetings
  • CSAB/CAC Joint Executive Committee Meeting
  • Program Evaluator Assignments Made

August

CSAB Member Societies Are Asked to Appoint Members

September

  • Commission Executive Committee Meetings
  • CSAB Fiscal Year Ends

Key Volunteer Roles

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization. Its members are appointed by the member societies. The Board establishes the Rules of Procedure, appoints committees, approves the budget, and oversees the fulfillment of CSAB’s purpose and priorities.

CSAB has a number of standing and ad hoc committees that do the bulk of its work. These committees cover officer and ABET Delegate nominations; volunteer recruitment, selection, training, mentoring, and quality assurance; accreditation criteria development; constituent and stakeholder relations; program evaluator  visit assignments; and volunteer recognition and awards. The members of these committees are nominated by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.

There are more than 75 commissioners representing CSAB on the Computing Accreditation Commission, Engineering Accreditation Commission, and Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Full commission rosters are available on ABET’s website. Program evaluators interested in serving as commissioners should contact CSAB for more information.

CSAB has nearly 300 program evaluators who serve as experts in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, and Software Engineering.

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