BALTIMORE, Md. – Ashley Ater Kranov has become managing director of professional services for ABET, the higher-education program accreditation for applied science, computing, engineering and technology education programs. She will help develop and provide programs in continuous improvement education, professional development, faculty and administrator workshops, academic seminars, and meeting services on a global scale.
 
She will stay on as adjunct at WSU in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She has been director of educational innovation at the College of Engineering and Architecture and an affiliate assistant professor at the school, where she worked with senior design students.
 
Ater Kranov earned her doctoral degree at the University of Idaho in adult and organizational learning. During her more than 16 years as a higher education administrator and professional educator, she has developed and implemented professional development programs, conducted workshops on course and program-level assessment, and designed and implemented sustainable assessment programs.
 
Her technical paper describing the year 1 implementation of her direct method for program-level measurement of ABET professional skills won the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Best Conference Paper Award. She is principal investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded validity study of her program-level method and measurement tool across three institutions and four disciplines.
ABET, comprised of 30 professional and technical societies, has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for more than 75 years. The not-for-profit agency accredits more than 3,100 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities worldwide through its team of more than 2,000 professional evaluators. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.