MAKING THE GRADE

Engineering tech programs reaccredited

By RANDALL HOLCOMBE

Western Carolina University’s bachelor’s degree programs in electrical and computer engineering technology and applied systems technology have been reaccredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. 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 in anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public, said Jeffrey Ray, dean of WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

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Martin Tanaka, assistant professor and graduate program director, instructs engineering and technology students.

“The reaccreditation of our bachelor of science programs in engineering technology by ABET exemplifies our commitment to excellence in engineering technology education,” Ray said. “As one of only two universities with ABET-accredited engineering technology programs in North Carolina, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality graduates for economic development of Western North Carolina and all of the state.”

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, Ray said. 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, Ray said.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. It currently accredits almost 3,500 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in  28 countries.