ABET Accreditation

ABET Accredetation

For more information, visit the ABET website Why Accreditation Matters


The School of Engineering’s baccalaureate programs in Computer, Electrical, Interdisciplinary, Mechanical, and Product Design and Engineering are all accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  In January 2016, each of the baccalaureate programs submitted a request for review (RFE), followed by the submission of the engineering self-study reports in July 2016.   All five B.S.E degree programs in the School of Engineering were reviewed by ABET in November 2016, which concluded in a positive exit meeting with the ABET team.  In August 2017, the final statement from the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) indicated an approval for the reaccreditation of all five GVSU engineering programs until September 30, 2023.

For programs to maintain their accreditation, an ABET team, composed of university and industry volunteers, conducts an onsite campus re-evaluation visit of the programs every six years.  The evaluation is a comprehensive process, which includes an exhaustive review of the program’s curriculum, processes (admission, assessment, continuous improvement, and graduation audit), faculty credentials/professional development, facilities, and samples of student work. Programs must demonstrate achievement of their stated student outcomes. During the visit, the team conducts interviews with administration, faculty, students, support units, and the university-level administration, including the provost and president.  The School of Engineering’s baccalaureate programs completed this process in November of 2016.

The accreditation process requires a huge effort on the part of the university and the programs being evaluated, as well as the visiting team.  ABET accreditation provides evidence that the School of Engineering programs have met standards essential to produce graduates that are ready to enter into the engineering profession, and that graduates from the program have a solid educational foundation, allowing them to become leaders in engineering innovation, emerging technologies, and public safety/welfare needs.

  • For students, accreditation matters because it instills confidence in the education received—ABET accreditation is the trusted standard for employers worldwide.
  • For Grand Valley State University and the School of Engineering programs, ABET accreditation demonstrates a commitment to delivering quality education.
  • For industry, governmental units, and the world, ABET accreditation matters because employers can trust that graduates of ABET-accredited programs are properly prepared to enter the workforce.

 For more information on ABET and the accreditation process, see http://www.abet.org.

 

For information regarding the assessment and (or) accreditation process within the School of Engineering, please contact:

 

Diane LaFreniere

James R. Sebastian Chair

Engineering Education, Assessment/Accreditation, and Cooperative Education

136B Kennedy Hall of Engineering

(616) 331-6001

lafrenid@gvsu.edu


Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes


Bachelor of Science in Engineering Undergraduate Enrollment Data - Fall 2016

PROGRAM

PRE-ADMIT

SECONDARY ADMIT

MAJOR TOTALS

Computer Engineering (CE)

92

35

127

Electrical Engineering (EE)

153

62

215

Interdisciplinary Engineering (IntE)

78

3

81

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

489

137

626

Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering (PDM)

89

39

128

ENROLLMENT TOTALS

901

276

1,177

Pre-admit:  Total enrollment of students in foundation level engineering courses, prior to admittance into the School of Engineering through the secondary admit process.

Secondary admit:  Total enrollment of students in upper level engineering courses, after admittance into the School of Engineering through the secondary admit process.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Graduation Data - 2016

PROGRAM

NUMBER OF GRADUATES

Computer Engineering (CE)

20

Electrical Engineering (EE)

19

Interdisciplinary Engineering (IntE)

1

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

60

Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering (PDM)

23

TOTAL GRADUATES

123

Graduates:  Total number of senior students, who have fulfilled the program requirements for one of the five engineering BSE programs, during the specified year.



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