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Engineering programs given thumbs-up by ABET visiting team

Engineering programs given thumbs-up by ABET visiting team

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NOV. 21, 2013 – Congratulations to the School of Engineering, which recently hosted an extraordinary visit by a review team from ABET – the recognized accreditor of programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. The visit resulted in the news that all of SPSU’s engineering programs stand an excellent chance of being accredited by ABET as of July 2014.

In 2011, construction engineering was the first of the university’s engineering programs to be approved for accreditation.

Following a three-day visit in mid-November, ABET visiting team members told SPSU administrators that they found no deficiencies, weaknesses or concerns in the university’s five different engineering degree programs.

President Lisa A. Rossbacher asked the team if this was unusual, and several members replied that they had been doing evaluations for decades and had never before seen a clean sweep.

“I’ve certainly never heard of one before – ABET teams always find something,” said Dr. Zvi Szafran, vice president for Academic Affairs. “ABET’s full commission won’t vote on our accreditation until July 2014, but we’ve already seen history in the making.”

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Currin, dean of the School of Engineering; Prof. Sam Beadles, chair of the Civil and Construction Engineering department; Prof. Lance Crimm, chair of the department of Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering; Dr. Renee Butler, chair of the Systems and Mechanical Engineering department; and everyone else in engineering. As Dr. Szafran said of these people in his blog, The Weekly Blab, “You’re the Joe DiMaggios of SPSU!”