Computer Science Receives ABET Accreditation

Posted: September 17, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Rey Banks

Arun Sood, chair of the Department of Computer Science, is gratified to know that his department can claim another success in its already long list of impressive achievements—accreditation by one of the leading endorsing organizations in the country, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

“I am proud of the Computer Science faculty, and appreciate their efforts in developing and delivering a quality program,” says Sood. “Their continuing efforts ensure that our program is kept current and our students are provided a high quality education in computer science.” The accrediting group visited the Computer Science Department last fall and the department received official notification in August.

In previous years, the computer science program has been continuously accredited by the Computer Science Accrediting Board, which recently merged with ABET. “This new ABET accreditation, which is heavily outcome-assessment and program-improvement driven, did not come as a surprise. It simply confirms what we know to be true: Even though our undergraduate programs are excellent, they are constantly improving and meeting the needs of the high-tech community and our students,” says Bernard White, associate dean for undergraduate studies.

Accreditation, the process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and higher education programs for quality assurance and quality improvement, is seen as an incentive to remain abreast and responsive to the needs of the high-technology constituency. Prospective employers look at whether a student graduated from an accredited program, and many grants and scholarships are contingent upon accreditation.

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