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Edinboro University Computer Science program receives ABET accreditation


Edinboro University’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science – Theoretical Track was accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology education. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with quality education.

Edinboro’s program is accredited through September 2017, at which time the program will be reevaluated.

“The faculty in the department feel that the accreditation provides validation that the programs we deliver are high-quality programs,” said Dr. Patricia Hillman, chair of the Math and Computer Science Department. “The accreditation also serves to position our students well in the job market and for acceptance into graduate programs in computer science.”

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations.  The evaluations focus on program curriculum, faculty, facilities and institutional support.

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 a structured mechanism for colleges and universities 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 is used by registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants.

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 33 member societies, which are professional and technical organizations that represent applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology fields. These member societies join ABET so they can collaborate to review and accredit degree programs in the fields they represent.