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T.J. Smull College of Engineering Re-accredited

Aug 28, 2009

Ohio Northern University's bachelor's degree programs in civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering have been re-accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc., and the computer science program was accredited for the very first time by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc., http://www.abet.org, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program's commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

"The college's department chairs and faculty should be commended for their efforts in preparing the self-study reports and conducting the site visit," said Dr. Eric T. Baumgartner, dean of the College of Engineering. "Program assessment and continuous improvement processes have become ubiquitous within the College of Engineering, and the results of the accreditation process help to affirm the quality of our programs."

The College of Engineering was recently ranked 38th in the nation among engineering schools with bachelor's or master's degree programs in "America's Best Colleges 2010," which is published annually by U.S. News & World Report. Across the nation, there are approximately 180 engineering colleges in this category, and ONU is only one of two schools in the state of Ohio to be ranked in the top 50. This is the third consecutive year that the college has placed in the top 50 best undergraduate engineering programs in the United States.

ABET accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations, conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe and private practice within the ABET disciplines, focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support and other important areas.

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 a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants.

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 25 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 1,500 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for nearly 75 years. More information about ABET, its member societies and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at www.abet.org

For more information about Ohio Northern University's bachelor's degree programs in civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering or computer science, visit the engineering website.

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