Manhattan College’s six undergraduate engineering programs – chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical – have been reaccredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.
In addition to the continued accreditation of the undergraduate programs, the College has received accreditation for its master’s of engineering degree in environmental engineering. The accreditation of the master’s degree is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2007.
“I am very pleased that the Manhattan College engineering programs have earned reaccreditation and that we will now be able to offer an accredited master’s of engineering degree in environmental engineering,” says Dr. Tim Ward, dean of the school of engineering. “It is through the hard work of the engineering faculty, staff and students that we have been able to demonstrate the quality of our programs.”
Accreditation by ABET – the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology – is considered the gold standard for engineering programs and is based on numerous factors, including faculty quality, facilities, and success of students in achieving stated program outcomes.
The evaluations of the programs are based on substantive self-studies and an on-campus visit by an ABET team, consisting of subject matter experts, which took place in October 2008. Since each program is accredited individually, the school of engineering itself does not receive “accreditation.”
ABET is a federation of 30 professional and technical societies representing the fields of applied science, computing, engineering and technology. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States, ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for more than 75 years. It currently accredits some 2,800 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide. Over 1,500 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities.