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Georgia Southern University engineering programs receive national accreditation
Engineering accreditation
The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology has been granted full accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. The accreditation is the first national accreditation for the universitys Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science programs, which were instituted in 2011. - photo by Special

Georgia Southern University's Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology has been granted full accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.

The board's accreditation is the first national accreditation for the university's Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science programs, which were instituted in 2011.

"Accreditation means that our new engineering programs educate our students according to international standards set by engineering educators and professionals, and that the programs have a workable continuous improvement process in place," said Mohammad Davoud, the dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology. "The continuous improvement process is a routine process to assess and measure how well we're preparing our students for careers in engineering, and to make improvements and updates as needed."

To receive the national accreditation, the university was required to promote best practices in education, receive international recognition for the programs' quality, involve faculty and staff in self-assessment and continuous quality improvement processes, base its curriculum on learning outcomes rather than teaching inputs, and be able to easily determine the acceptability of transfer credits.

"Students are attracted to the programs because of the projects they see going on in renewable energy, design, mechatronics, robotics and materials science, and the processing that they can get involved with," said Brian Vleck, a professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. "They will continue to be attracted to Georgia Southern because of our outstanding campus, teaching facilities, first-rate faculty and applied emphasis of the engineering curriculum."

The commission commended all three engineering programs for their excellent laboratory facilities and faculty interaction with students and noted that the programs provided excellent educational experiences that were comparable to those found in more mature programs, adding that they created a very positive learning environment.

"Engineering drives innovation, which in turn drives the economy," said Davoud. "Accreditation demonstrates that we have high-quality engineering programs that do and will continue to train graduates who are qualified for careers as engineers. Accredited engineering programs will not only attract students to our programs, but they will also attract companies and industries to invest and grow in our region."

The board has granted Georgia Southern accreditation for the maximum term — six years. Students who previously obtained an engineering degree from the university will have a retroactive accreditation.

For more information on the college and its programs visit ceit.georgiasouthern.edu.

 

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