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Engineering program accredited

09/29/1999

Two engineering programs at Miami University, manufacturing engineering and paper science and engineering, have received outstanding reviews following a successful accreditation process.

"Accreditation is critical to recruiting top engineering students," said Don Byrkett, acting dean of Miami's School of Engineering and Applied Science. "We're very proud of both programs."

Both programs were accredited under new Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) guidelines that require documentation of the processes used to continually assess and improve programs. Paper science and engineering is the first program of its type to earn ABET accreditation in the country.

A team of six reviewers from ABET's Engineering Accreditation Commission came to campus last fall. Prior to that visit, faculty and staff worked with chairs to document the quality of their programs.

"It's been a real team effort involving many players, but Dave Haddad, former dean, deserves credit for his leadership in the accreditation process," said Byrkett.

Miami's manufacturing engineering program was praised for

  • the way it conducts and uses comprehensive assessments of instructional programs

  • success at making curricular and other program changes quickly

  • faculty described as dedicated to the program's teaching mission

  • students being pleased with their learning environment and call its laboratories and computing facilities "excellent."

The paper science and engineering program received high marks for

  • "particularly impressive" industry involvement and support of the paper science program

  • a Student Advisory Committee effective in identifying problem areas that, in turn, were acted upon and rectified by the faculty and administration

  • well qualified paper science faculty dedicated to undergraduate education
  • students who are well motivated and satisfied with their educational experience and opportunities for industrial experience through co-op and summer internship programs.

    Byrkett noted that the accreditation is a first for the paper science and engineering department, which had never gone through the process before. Manufacturing engineering had been accredited since 1989.

    The accreditation of paper science and manufacturing engineering follows the successful accreditation of the School of Engineering and Applied Science's associate degree program in nursing in 1999 and its baccalaureate degree program in nursing in 1998 from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.

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