ABET Reaccredits Engineering Physics, Engineering Technology Programs

physicsstudentsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 23, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University’s engineering physics and engineering technology programs have been reaccredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC), respectively, of ABET.

Both programs have been reaccredited for six years through Sept. 30, 2019. The reaccreditations follow site visits to the campus last November.

“The engineering physics and the engineering technology degrees have been high quality programs for many years,” said Dr. Chris McGowan, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture. “We are pleased by the validation given by ABET by reaccrediting these program for the next six years.”

The EAC applauded Southeast’s engineering physics program for attracting an increasing number of students at a long-term rate of more than five students per year, from nine majors in fall 2001 to 71 in fall 2012. The EAC also lauded the University for its Degreeworks software, a system that allows students, faculty and administration to monitor an individual’s progress, ensuring all graduation requirements are met and allowing students to understand the impact of changes in course selection, scheduling and change in major.

The EAC also noted that Southeast’s engineering physic program “has the demonstrated ability to attract an increasing number of students, evident in an enrollment trend increasing at a long-term rate of slightly more than five students per year, from nine majors in fall 2001 to 71 in fall 2012.”

The engineering physics program is located in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics in the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture. The program was started in 1976 and was first accredited in 2000. The program includes eight faculty members and currently enrolls 71 students.

The Engineering Technology program is located in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology in the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture. The program was started during the 2003-2004 academic year and was first accredited in October 2005. The program enrolled 128 engineering technology students in the “Electrical and Control” and “Mechanical and Manufacturing” programs in fall 2012

The ETAC applauded Southeast’s engineering technology program for collegiality among the faculty and for a significant amount of equipment in its labs.

The EAC and ETAC recently held their 2013 summer meeting to act on the program evaluations conducted.