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Accreditation

Within the Texas A&M University College of Engineering, the undergraduate programs in aerospace, biological and agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, nuclear, ocean, petroleum and radiological health engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The electronic systems engineering technology program and the manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology program are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

What is ABET accreditation?

ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For example, an accredited engineering program must meet the quality standards set by the engineering profession. An accredited computer science program must meet the quality standards set by the computing profession.

ABET accredits postsecondary degree-granting programs housed within regionally accredited institutions. ABET accredits programs only, not degrees, departments, colleges or institutions.

Who sets the ABET quality standards?

The quality standards programs must meet to be ABET-accredited are set by the ABET professions themselves. This is made possible by the collaborative efforts of many different professional and technical societies. These societies and their members work together through ABET to develop the standards, and they provide the professionals who evaluate the programs to make sure they meet those standards.

Why is ABET accreditation important?

  • Accreditation helps students and their parents choose quality college programs.
  • Accreditation enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well prepared.
  • Accreditation is used by registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants.
  • Accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess and improve the quality of their programs.

Mission

The mission of the College of Engineering is to serve Texas, the nation and the global community by providing engineering graduates who are well founded in engineering fundamentals, instilled with the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior, and prepared to meet the complex technical challenges of society.

To achieve this mission the college is committed to:

  • ensuring an academic environment conducive to our faculties achieving the highest levels of academic and research excellence;
  • building upon our traditional partnerships with industry, engineering practitioners and former students, to enhance our impact on the profession of engineering;
  • encouraging excellence, innovation and cross-disciplinary initiatives in education and research;
  • providing national and international leadership in undergraduate and graduate engineering education;
  • becoming the engineering college of choice for the increasingly diverse Residentry of the state; and
  • encouraging and supporting opportunities for our students to grow beyond their chosen disciplines by participation in ethics courses, leadership programs, study-abroad programs and research.