CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 12, 2007 — Southeast Missouri State University’s bachelor of science degree in engineering technology with options in mechanical and manufacturing systems and electrical and control has been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering & Technology (ABET) Inc., the recognized accrediting body of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.
“ABET accreditation speaks highly of the quality of the program available to our students and reflects well on the University as a whole,” said Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins.
Southeast is now one of just 10 universities in the Midwest offering accredited baccalaureate programs in engineering technology. In Missouri, Southeast is one of just three ABET accredited universities offering engineering technology programs.
Dr. Ragu Athinarayanan, chair of Southeast’s Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, said ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education. ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 25 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in the field of engineering and technology for nearly 75 years.
Accreditation is a peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations, conducted by teams of 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 and also document that students, curriculum, faculty, administration, facilities and institutional support meet the established criteria, Athinarayanan said.
“The accreditation of the bachelor of science degree in engineering technology program at Southeast 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,” he said.
The bachelor of science degree in engineering technology program at Southeast began in fall 1999 as a result of a statewide initiative to improve technology education. The program has enjoyed great success with 100 percent placement of all its graduates, Athinarayanan said. Based on a recent survey, the initial starting salaries of graduates were as high as $55,000, he said.
“Students enrolled in the engineering technology have access to excellent internship opportunities with industries in southeast Missouri and the St. Louis area, sometimes paying as high at $19 an hour,” he said.
In recognizing the need for and also the shortage of skilled application engineers in the region, industries such as Noranda Aluminum and Procter & Gamble have established scholarships for students majoring in engineering technology.
“This ABET accreditation, combined with the present National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) accreditation for the industrial technology programs in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, provides national accreditation for all of the bachelor of science degree programs in the department,” said Dr. Randall Shaw, dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies. “This is a significant accomplishment and an indication of the quality of the Department’s programs.”
For more information about Southeast’s bachelor of science degrees in engineering technology and industrial technology, visit the Department of Industrial & Engineering Technology Web site at www.semo.edu/iet/.