Lawrence G. Jones Elected First Computing President of ABET

March 28, 2014
Baltimore, MD - At its spring meeting last weekend, the ABET Board of Directors elected Lawrence G. Jones, Ph.D., to be its 2015-16 President. Jones is currently a member of the board representing CSAB, Inc., the lead society within ABET for accreditation of degree programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering, and information technology. Jones will be ABET's first President with an educational and professional background in computer science and software engineering and the first to come through CSAB. CSAB became a member society of ABET in 2001. There are currently more than 30 such members of ABET representing dozens of technical disciplines and millions who work in those fields. More than 3,600 programs in 25 countries are accredited by the organization.

"I am honored to have been elected to this position," says Jones. "Computing is an integral component of ABET now, thanks in large part to the hard work of the many CSAB volunteers who came before me. This election is proof of that. And I look forward," Jones continues, "to the opportunity to lead ABET's fantastic and diverse cadre of volunteers and staff and to continue to contribute to its culture of quality improvement in both its own operations and in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology education."

Jones began his accreditation activities as a CSAB program evaluator in 1989. Since then, he has served as a member of the CSAB Board of Directors, representing the Association of Computing Machinery, and as the Secretary-Treasurer of the organization. Within ABET, Jones has served as Chair of the Computing Accreditation Commission and as Chair of ABET's Accreditation Council, where he led the efforts to improve inter-commission cooperation leading to harmonization of accreditation criteria and improved training of evaluators. Most recently, he led ABET's Strategic Planning Task Force. He is a Fellow of both CSAB and ABET.

Jones earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. Recently retired as Distinguished Principal Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) of Carnegie Mellon University, Jones led numerous research projects for the institute spanning software architecture, software product lines, and government and industry consulting to support SEI's technology transition mission. Prior to joining the SEI, Jones spent a career in the United States Air Force in a variety of software development and management positions, ultimately retiring as the Chair of the Computer Science Department at the United States Air Force Academy.

CSAB, Inc., a federation of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, serves as a participating body of ABET, Inc., with three members on the ABET Board of Directors. CSAB is the lead society within ABET for accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering, and information technology, and is a cooperating society for accreditation of computer engineering, biological engineering, systems engineering, and information engineering technology. In this capacity, CSAB has responsibility for the development of accreditation criteria and for the selection, training, and assignment of program evaluators.

Proposed Change to Software Engineering Accreditation Criteria

UPDATED Mar. 6, 2014
Based on feedback received about its original proposed change to the software engineering program criteria that are part of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Criteria, the CSAB Criteria Committee has revised the proposed change. Please review the updated proposed change, and email any feedback to

CSAB Awards Presented

July 20, 2013
Three outstanding volunteers were awarded Fellows of CSAB last weekend at the annual meeting of the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET:

  • Allen Parrish, Ph.D., University of Alabama
  • Barbara Price, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University
  • Stan Thomas, Ph.D., Wake Forest University

The CSAB Fellow Award is given in recognition of individuals who have given sustained, quality service to the computing profession and to computing education through the activities of CSAB. Congratulations to these deserving volunteers!

Two individuals received Outstanding Contribution Awards:

  • Andrew Phillips, Ph.D., United States Naval Academy
  • Mary Jane Willshire-Fairley, Ph.D., Capella University

The Outstanding Contribution Award is presented to CSAB volunteers with at least three years of sustained service who have made a significant positive impact on CSAB operations, computing accreditation, or computing education.

Thank You, Retiring ABET Commissioners

July 20, 2013
The following CSAB volunteers retired from the ABET accreditation commissions this summer:

  • Curtis Carver, Ph.D., University System of Georgia
  • Dick Fairley, Ph.D., Colorado Technical University
  • Teofilo Gonzalez, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Jim Leone, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Blaise Liffick, Ph.D., Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Murphy, Ph.D., Concordia University
  • Harry Reif, Ph.D., James Madison University

Thank you for your many years of service to computing accreditation!

Welcome, New ABET Commissioners

July 20, 2013
The following CSAB program evaluators became commissioners on the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET last weekend:

  • Donald Cooley, Ph.D., Utah State University
  • John Estell, Ph.D., Ohio Northern University
  • Richard Mathieu, Ph.D., James Madison University
  • Scott Murray, HCA Healthcare
  • Lynn Peterson, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
  • Rhys Price Jones, Ph.D., George Washington University
  • Rajendra Raj, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Roberta Evans Sabin, Ph.D., Loyola University, Maryland
  • Hazem Said, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
  • Bruce White, Ph.D., Quinnipiac University

Welcome, New CSAB Program Evaluators

July 20, 2013
Twenty-nine new program evaluators have completed training and are ready for their first visits. Welcome! We look forward to working with you.

Feedback Sought on Accreditation Criteria

Feb. 21, 2013
A joint committee from CSAB and the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET has been formulating ideas for potential changes to the ABET Criteria for Accrediting Computing Programs, as well as to the program criteria for Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology. A survey is now available to solicit feedback on these ideas from constituents. Please visit as soon as possible to provide your input.

In addition, a survey on possible changes to the Information Systems program criteria was distributed earlier this month. Based on the results of that survey, new proposed IS criteria have been created. Your feedback on these is also requested. Click here to download the proposed changes.

Feb. 28 update: Proposed changes to the Information Technology program criteria are now available for constituent review. Click here to download them.

Seats Available at SIGCSE Workshop

Feb. 21, 2013
There are still a few seats available at CSAB's Computing Accreditation Workshop on March 6 in Denver. Click here for more information.

Awards Nominations Due May 31

Feb. 21, 2013
Nominations are now being accepted for the CSAB Fellow Award, Outstanding Contribution Award, and Certificates of Appreciation. Please click here for more information.

Program Evaluators Sought in CS, IS, and IT

Nov. 13, 2012
The application deadline is December 31. Click here for more information.

Computing Accreditation Workshop Returns to SIGCSE

Nov. 13, 2012
CSAB will again hold a computing accreditation workshop prior this year's SIGCSE conference. Details and registration information are here.

CSAB Volunteers Receive ABET's Highest Awards

Oct. 26, 2012
Stu Zweben, long-time volunteer and past CSAB President, was presented with ABET's top honor this week: The Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award. Read more about this accomplishment here. Patrick Walsh, also a long-time volunteer and past President, received the Fellow of ABET Award. Read more here. CSAB is extremely proud of these individuals.

Fellow of CSAB Awards Presented

Oct. 25, 2012
Five outstanding volunteers became Fellows of CSAB this year:

John Impagliazzo, Ph.D., Independent Consultant/Hofstra University
David Kelly, Ph.D., Bluefin Robotics
Stephen Seidman, Ph.D., Texas State University
John White, Ph.D., Association for Computing Machinery
Frank Young, Ph.D., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

The CSAB Fellow Award is given in recognition of individuals who have given sustained, quality service to the computing profession and to computing education through the activities of CSAB. Congratulations to these deserving volunteers!

2012-13 Officers Elected

Oct. 25, 2012
At its annual Board of Directors meeting today, CSAB re-elected its current slate of officers for a second one-year term:

President: Gayle Yaverbaum, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Vice-President: Andrew Phillips, Ph.D., Academic Dean and Provost, United States Naval Academy
Secretary/Treasurer: Pearl Wang, Ph.D., Associate Chair of Computer Science, George Mason University