What is engineering school accreditation?
Engineering school accreditation is the peer review process that schools, colleges, and universities undergo to determine whether an institution or program offering engineering courses meets or exceeds professional standards of educational quality.
What are the advantages to attending an accredited school?
Accreditation creates a gateway for students to participate in federally funded and state entitlement program. Graduates from engineering programs at accredited institutions also qualify to attend other accredited schools to pursue advanced studies, including master's and doctoral programs. It can also make you more competitive in the job market; employers prefer to hire accredited engineers because these employees are trained under nationally established standards for engineering education.
Who accredits engineering programs?
About 330 colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in engineering that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and about 250 colleges offer accredited bachelor's degree programs in engineering technology. ABET accreditation is based on an examination of an engineering program's student achievement, program improvement, faculty, curricular content, facilities, and institutional commitment.