CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 26, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University’s bachelor of science degree program in computer science has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering Technology (ABET) Inc., 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.
“Accreditation is recognition of the high quality program that we’ve had in computer science for many years,” said Dr. Don Bagert, chair of the Department of Computer Science at Southeast Missouri State University. “Hopefully, this will allow us to attract even more of the high quality students that have been coming to this department over the years.”
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.
Southeast’s engineering technology major, with two options, is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Southeast’s engineering physics program also is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
For more information about Southeast’s bachelor of science degree program in computer science, visit http://www2.semo.edu/csdept/.