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Two Miami engineering programs accredited

Two engineering programs at Miami, 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, 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 noted for the way it conducts and uses comprehensive assessments of instructional programs. The department also was commended for its success at making curricular and other program changes quickly in order to provide students with the best possible preparation.

Its faculty members were described as dedicated to the program’s teaching mission, its students as pleased with their learning environment and its laboratories and computing facilities as excellent.

The paper science and engineering program also came in for praise. Indus-try’s involvement and support of the paper science program were described as particularly impressive and a Student Advisory Committee as effective in identifying problem areas that, in turn, were acted upon and rectified by the faculty and administration.

The ABET report further stated that the paper science faculty were dedicated to undergraduate education and well qualified, and its students 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.

Date Published: 10/06/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 11

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