Kennesaw State’s Engineering Technology degree programs earn national reaccreditation
ABET gives nod to University’s engineering technology degree programs MARIETTA, Ga. (…
Georgia (Aug 26, 2015) — ABET gives nod to University’s engineering technology degree programs
MARIETTA, Ga. (Aug. 27, 2015) — Kennesaw State University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology again received reaccreditation of its six engineering technology degree programs from the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, the accrediting body for college and university undergraduate and graduate degree programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
Kennesaw State’s six reaccredited engineering technology programs include civil engineering technology, computer engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, industrial engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and telecommunications engineering technology.
“The reaccreditation of our engineering technology degree programs indicates the strength of our academic offerings, some of which have been accredited since 1973, when the first engineering technology degree programs were offered at the University,” said Thomas Currin, dean of the College.
To date, 18 academic programs at Kennesaw State are currently accredited by ABET, including 12 engineering and engineering technology degree programs housed within the College.
To earn this reaccreditation, the College had to undergo ABET’s rigorous review process during the 2014-15 academic year. As part of the evaluation, the commission used detailed criteria to analyze everything from student performance and outcomes, to curriculum requirements and program educational objectives, to faculty competency and facilities.
“During the height of consolidation, the ABET accreditation team made an on-site visit, and we provided evidence that our programs have maintained their high academic quality. Earning this reaccreditation during one of the most significant changes in the University’s history is a great achievement,” Currin said. “It also provides the external validation that affirms we are doing what is necessary to support our students and programs in the engineering college.”
Reaccreditation focuses on the continuous improvement of academic programs in higher education institutions, and is designed to advance and assure the quality of professional education.
For Kennesaw State’s engineering and engineering technology undergraduates, ABET accreditation validates that the College’s academic programs will help them prepare to enter critical fields, meet global technical education standards, gain licensure or certification in their professions, and be successful in graduate studies.
The reaccreditation of the engineering technology programs comes on the heels of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology being named eighth in the nation among all engineering colleges as a best value for its return on investment (ROI) by salary information company, PayScale.
As the second-largest engineering college in Georgia, Kennesaw State’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology offers 21 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, covering disciplines such as supply chain logistics and quality assurance, as well as electrical, mechanical, civil, construction, computer and mechatronics engineering.
ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by more than 30 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 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.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.