Mount Union Engineering Programs Earn ABET Accreditation
September 02, 2015
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s civil and mechanical engineering programs have received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
“Mount Union’s engineering faculty members have worked tirelessly to establish and maintain quality standards for our mechanical and civil engineering programs since they were established in the fall of 2010, and earning accreditation is an important milestone for these programs,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the University. “This national accomplishment places Mount Union on the map as a competitive engineering school with high quality programs.”
“ABET accreditation is the gold standard in engineering education,” said University president Dick Merriman. “Congratulations to the engineering faculty and Dr. Patricia Draves for this notable achievement.”
In order to be evaluated by ABET, Mount Union had to first graduate at least one class of engineering students. The first class of students graduated in 2014 and the accreditation process began as soon as the program was eligible last fall. To date, job placement rate for Mount Union engineering graduates is 100%.
“We are extremely pleased to have received accreditation status for our engineering programs,” said Dr. Osama Jadaan, chair and professor of the Department of Engineering at Mount Union. “Parents and students interested in engineering can come to Mount Union with the assurance that we do have quality engineering programs that are accredited.”
The University’s accreditation is retroactive, meaning all previous graduates have earned degrees from an accredited engineering institution. One reason ABET accreditation is important is that some companies only hire graduates from accredited engineering schools. In addition, grads from accredited engineering programs are eligible to sit for engineering licensure exams.
Mount Union senior civil engineering major Taylor Cline of Madison, Ohio can attest to the quality preparation she’s been given at Mount Union, as she already has a job lined up as an engineer when she graduates.
“Through the smaller class sizes, extensive education inside and outside of the classroom and opportunities given through the program, I have been pushed and challenged to be the best,” Cline said. “Our professors do the best job of not only preparing us every day for the real world but also being there to help us in any way possible. Through the education I have received, I have become an innovative problem solver, creative thinker and a hard worker. I have been pushed and challenged to the extreme, but only because my professors always believed in me. My civil engineering education at Mount Union has been the best, most rewarding decision I ever made.”
“The mechanical engineering program at Mount Union has given me the tools to apply my knowledge of physics and mathematics to an ever-changing world,” said senior mechanical engineering major Nathan Lorah of East Liverpool, Ohio. “Mount Union stands out as a program with the relationships that are built with professors who provide an easy transfer of the material as well as valuable life skills. The engineering department has been able to hire new faculty and add new lab equipment through support from the university, which shows that this program will continue to improve after I graduate.”
To receive accreditation, an institution must have qualified faculty members in place, proper laboratories and facilities for teaching and a continuous improvement process in place within the engineering curriculum. Accredited institutions must establish successful student outcomes and assess that graduates have successfully learned the material they have been taught.
Both the civil and mechanical engineering programs at Mount Union are developed around four pillars of exceptional engineering education: extensive hands-on real world engineering; required international engineering field experience; integrated engineering knowledge and essential business skills and developing students into effective leaders and communicators.
ABET is a non-profit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. According to the organization’s website, ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates.