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NMSU Engineering Technology programs earn re-accreditation

The Engineering Technology programs in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University have earned full re-accreditation for another six years from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

credits college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. The accreditation from ABET's Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) assures students that the engineering technology programs meet standards established by the engineering profession.

The voluntary accreditation process includes an internal evaluation, a three-day campus visit by an ABET evaluation team, a process for responding to the evaluation team's findings, and finally a decision by ABET commissioners.

NMSU's engineering technology programs received ABET's highest rating, which means the programs will not need to be re-evaluated for six years, the maximum allowed.

"The process is very good," said Sonya Cooper, who heads the department of engineering technology and surveying engineering. "It holds us accountable for our programs. We must illustrate that we are continuously improving our programs based on assessing and evaluating our learning objectives and outcomes."

ABET evaluators noted that the engineering technology programs enjoy a unique visibility within the university and around the community, in addition to strong support from College of Engineering administration and the university administration. The university's support of diversity was another factor cited.

Accreditation says a lot about a program, Cooper said. "It tells everyone - parents, students, employees, peer institutions, etc. - that we are serious about education."

Sept. 19, 2006
Elizabeth Myers