Accreditation is a process through which programs are certified to meet a certain level of quality. Non-governmental (at least in the US) peers review a program and assess that program for quality. This ensures that students who graduate from the program meet accepted criteria and receive a quality education.
ABET provides a specialized accreditation process through which programs volunteer to be assessed against specific criteria for engineering, computing, applied science, or technology.
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science seeks ABET accreditation for its Computer Science and Software Engineering programs.
Why is Accreditation Important?
Accreditation is important because many employers use ABET as a filter when making hiring decisions. Many employers REQUIRE employees to have degrees from ABET accredited programs.
See http://www.abet.org/why_choose.shtml for examples.
We feel our programs meet the quality requirements of ABET and we want our graduates to be recognized for those abilities.
The following links contain information about our ABET accreditation process and our Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes.