Our Universities Need More Autonomy and Less Bureaucracy

In September 2017, the Chemical Engineering program at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, USA) announced in an open letter that it will no longer pursue accreditation with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The reasons cited included “the restrictions and requirements imposed by ABET criteria” and “the narrow definition of engineering subjects imposed by ABET examiners” that did not allow the students “to take full advantage of Caltech”. Caltech’s Chemical Engineering program has consistently been ranked among top 10 in the world since the inception of the ranking.

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