Ecological Engineering undergrad program receives ABET accreditation

September 13, 2012

Corvallis, Oregon—Oregon State University’s Bachelor’s degree program in Ecological Engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.  ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

“We are very pleased and proud to have earned this distinction,” says John Bolte, Head of the Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering.  “ABET accreditation of the Ecological Engineering program has affirmed the strength of our program and ensures our students will be successful in this young but fast-growing field.” 

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 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 ABET.

For more information about Oregon State University’s Bachelor’s degree program in Ecological Engineering, visit www.bee.oregonstate.edu.

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