BI degrees receive, engineering degrees renew, ABET accreditation

Engineering and Applied Science Building with the ABET logo

The Bachelor of Innovation degrees in computer science and electrical engineering received its first accreditation and three other engineering programs were re-accredited in the latest review from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET accredits more than 3,800 programs at over 750 colleges and universities across the world.

The accreditation for new programs is two-year process that begins with a readiness review each October. A self-study report and on-site visit occur the following calendar year, and the formal action is taken the next August.

The BI degree in electrical engineering started its process in 2015 and received its accreditation through the 2019-20 academic year. The BI degree in computer science starts its accreditation process in 2016 and will be accredited through the 2021-22 year. The degrees provide students with the technical and business background to work on innovative projects in electrical engineering and computer science.

“The BI in computer science and electrical engineering have offered the same excellent education since they both started in 2007,” said Terry Boult, El Pomar Endowed Professor of Innovation and Security, College of Engineering and Applied Science. “While BI computer science and electrical engineering students had no problems finding job, as most employers already embraced the excellence of the BI program, accreditation removes a potential limitation for graduates with the employers who require ABET accredited degrees for hiring.”

The bachelor of science degrees in computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering each received their reaccreditation through the 2023-24 academic year. Electrical engineering has maintained its accreditation since 1976 while mechanical and computer engineering have been continuously accredited since 2002.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

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