Four Engineering Programs Receive Re-Accreditation from Leading Engineering Agency
KINGSVILLE - August 23, 2010
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The nation’s leading engineering accrediting body has granted full re-accreditation to four Texas A&M University-Kingsville engineering programs.
The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET Inc. has granted accreditation for the following programs in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering:
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
“The ABET re-accreditation of our engineering programs not only reflects the high-quality education our students receive at A&M-Kingsville, but it also affirms that our engineering programs continue in the strong Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering tradition of excellence,” said A&M-Kingsville President Dr. Steven Tallant.
Dr. Stephan Nix, dean of the College of Engineering, said the accreditation process takes nearly one and a half years to complete and consists of an application, self-study, site visit and final approval by the EAC.
“The accreditation process is about assessment, evaluation and improvement,” Nix said. “It is something we’re constantly working toward.”
Nix said accreditation is an important distinction for several reasons.
“Accreditation is a mark of quality as measured by an independent body,” Nix said. “It’s quality assurance for parents, students and employers.”
Additionally, Nix said that accreditation of the four College of Engineering programs means that graduates wishing to become a licensed professional engineer are that much closer—since to become a licensed engineer one must be a graduate of an ABET-accredited program.
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