August 30, 2013 : By Drew Menard
Two bachelor’s degree programs within the Liberty University School of Engineering & Computational Sciences (SECS) have been accredited by ABET, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
The school’s Electrical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering programs were accredited by ABET last year.
“We are proud to be able to say that 100 percent of our students from any current Liberty engineering program will have graduated under an ABET accredited program,” said David Donahoo, dean of SECS. “Engineering at Liberty has reached a new age. With the accreditation of our programs complete, we now seek to expand our offerings to include mechanical engineering, while we continue to reflect and improve on our electrical, industrial, and computer programs.”
The school graduated its first Computer Engineering students this past May. The accreditation is retroactive for their degrees.
SECS has worked hard over the last year to provide more opportunities for students entering the business and technology fields, Donahoo said.
“With our existing B.S. programs in Computer Science and Management of Information Systems, and our new M.S. programs in Information Systems Technology Management and Information Assurance, as well as the launching of our new M.S. in Cyber Security soon, every potential student desiring a technology -related degree can now find a path to that goal at Liberty.”
Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations — conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in government, academe, and private practice within the ABET disciplines — focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support, and other important areas.
One key element of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, Liberty sets specific, measurable goals for its students and graduates, assesses its success at reaching these goals, and improves its programs based on the results.
In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit well-prepared graduates, and assists registration, licensure, and certification boards in screening applicants.
ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by more than 30 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with about 2,000 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for nearly 80 years. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at www.ABET.org.