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NMSU College of Engineering degree programs reaccredited

New Mexico State University College of Engineering degree programs have been reaccredited by ABET, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program's commitment to providing its students with a quality education.


NMSU's mechanical engineering bachelor's degree was first accredited by ABET in 1938. All other programs have been accredited since then, with the most recent being the newest program in aerospace engineering, which received accreditation this year, retroactive to 2011.

The programs evaluated include: aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering,electrical and computer engineering, engineering physics, engineering technology, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and surveying engineering.

The Engineering Accreditation Commission reviewed and reaccredited the engineering programs while the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission reviewed and reaccredited the engineering technology program.

"Having accredited engineering and engineering technology programs as measured by this premiere global accrediting organization tells the world we follow rigorous standards with respect to student learning outcomes, assessment, continuous improvement, curriculum, faculty credentials, facilities, and institutional support. It says we provide the necessary education and programs that will prepare our students for their engineering careers. Basically, it says we care," said Associate Dean of Academics Sonya Cooper, who led the accreditation effort.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations, conducted by teams of volunteer 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. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared and assists registration, licensure and certification boards in screening applicants.

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 30 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 2,000 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for 80 years. More information about ABET, its member societies and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at http://www.abet.org.

The NMSU College of Engineering is the oldest and largest engineering college in New Mexico and the only in-state institution offering degrees in aerospace, industrial and surveying engineering, as well as engineering technology and engineering physics. For more information about NMSU's engineering degree programs, visit engr.nmsu.edu.