ABET accreditation reaffirmed for three engineering programs
Kim Chaudoin |
Lipscomb University recently received official notification that the accreditation of its undergraduate programs in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering have been renewed by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the world standard in engineering education.
Each of these three programs, which are housed in the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, are fully accredited for the next accreditation cycle.
“Sustaining ABET accreditation for these three individual programs ensures both students and employers of the quality of the engineering education provided by Lipscomb“ said David Elrod, dean of the College of Engineering. “I am thankful for outstanding faculty and staff across our college of engineering. Re-accreditation was truly a team effort that involved detailed review and refinement of our programs over multiple years. ABET’s accreditation team provided insightful feedback which we have implemented and are leveraging to make our programs even stronger.”
Lipscomb University’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering provides students the opportunity to prepare for an engineering career in an educational environment that also encourages Christian character. A major focus of Lipscomb’s engineering program is challenging its students and alumni to use their engineering education to help others and for the betterment of society through its Peugeot Center for Engineering Service in Developing Communities. Since 2004, the engineering college has sent numerous volunteer mission teams to work on a variety of projects from pedestrian bridges and clean water systems in Guatemala to a wastewater treatment system in Ghana to a therapeutic playground in Honduras, and solar power systems in Malawi, engineering students, faculty and corporate supporters make an impact on the lives of communities thousands of miles away.
ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.
In addition to providing colleges and universities with a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enabling employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared. It also assists registration, licensure, and certification boards in screening applicants.
ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 30 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 2,200 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for more than 80 years. More information about ABET, its member societies and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at www.abet.org.
In addition to the ABET-accredited programs in engineering, Lipscomb’s Bachelor of Science degree programs in Computer Science, Information Security and Information Technology are accredited through September 30, 2023 by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
For more information about Lipscomb University’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, visit www.lipscomb.edu/engineering.