CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2007 – Southeast Missouri State University’s engineering physics program in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics has been reaccredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) Inc., the recognized accrediting body of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.
The program initially was accredited in 2000.
“Accreditation is an external stamp of approval,” said Dr. David Probst, chair of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics. “It demonstrates the quality of education that’s available right here at Southeast Missouri State University in an engineering discipline.”
Graduating from an accredited program allows students to enter graduate programs and makes them eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, the first step toward obtaining engineering licensure. The State of Missouri requires students to graduate from an accredited program in order to become a registered professional engineer.
“Ninety-five percent of our students have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, which also reinforces the quality of education we are providing,” Probst added.
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.
Reaccreditation 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.
The reaccreditation committee concentrates on the program’s ability to operate on a continuous improvement cycle, as well as their ability to continue to meet the established requirements for accreditation, according to Probst.