By: Staff Reports
The architectural engineering program in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received accreditation for its bachelor’s program in architectural engineering from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. ABET, Inc. is the leading agency for the accreditation of engineering, computing, and technology programs in the U.S.
The A&M-Kingsville architectural engineering program is now one of less than 20 accredited architectural engineering programs in the nation.
―Hard work, dedication, and persistence are required to achieve initial accreditation for an engineering program,‖ said Dr. Stephan Nix, Dean of the Dotterweich College of Engineering.
―This accreditation allows us the opportunity to provide our students with a program that is fairly unique in Texas,‖ Nix said. ―Our program has been reviewed by an independent body— the one recognized body in the country that reviews engineering programs. It is exciting to have earned their seal of approval because it demonstrates we have a quality program.‖
The ABET accreditation is based on several carefully evaluated factors, including faculty, student achievement of learning outcomes, curriculum, facilities and institutional support. The College applied for accreditation in January of 2010 and after reviewing a self study report and a site visit, the ABET, Inc. granted accreditation this fall.
Students graduating from an accredited program are better prepared for professional success, said Jim Glusing, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at A&M-Kingsville. Glusing has been with the architectural engineering program since its creation in 2005.
―Graduates of an accredited program must complete an internship that lasts on average four years before taking the examination to become professional engineers. For graduates of a non-accredited institution, internships are 8 years. Accreditation gave our students four years of their life back,‖ Glusing said.
The newly accredited program is now prepared to continue to grow and offer students a variety of special architectural programs.―We are ready to turn our attentions to the development of programs and specializations, which will make us unique,‖ Glusing said. ―Recently, we were given space for a historic documentation lab. We hope to foster an interest in saving the structural system of historic buildings, when possible. In the future, this will make our graduates sought after for collaboration by preservationists. With the support of the College of Business and the Industrial Technology Department, we are also investigating the development of an undergraduate certificate in Facility Management,‖ he added.
The architectural engineering program is one of five ABET-accredited undergraduate programs in the Dotterweich College of Engineering. Also accredited are programs in civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering. The College’s environmental engineering program is expected to apply for accreditation soon.
About ABET, Inc.
ABET, Inc., is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 75 years.
ABET accredits over 3,100 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities worldwide.