For Immediate Release
Two Programs to Celebrate Accreditation
BROWNSVILLE, TX - October 19, 2010 - The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College’s College of Science, Mathematics and Technology will celebrate its recent Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accreditation for two degrees at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the lobby and courtyard of the Science, Engineering and Technology Building.
ABET, established in 1932, is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.
Dr. William Berg, chair of the Department of Engineering, speaks at a celebration for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accreditation for the bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and the bachelor’s degree in computer science offered by College of Science, Mathematics and Technology at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. Accreditation is used by engineering and science professions’ registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants. It is commonly a requirement to have graduated from an ABET-accredited school in both industries.
Both departments, part of UTB/TSC’s College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, join more than 3,100 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities in 21 countries.
“Being a student focused on college is extremely important,” said Dr. Mikhail M. Bouniaev, dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology. “For students, this accreditation is a stamp of quality that comes from our peers with experience.”
Both departments started the accreditation process in 2009, beginning with a self-study. Each department produced a report that illustrated every facet of their program, including student population, program objectives and administrative support.
In fall 2009, a peer-review team came to campus for an evaluation of not only the department, but the institutional support as well. The team consists of institutional and professional peers from around the county, outside the university’s region.
“They looked at everything,” said Dr. William Berg, chair of the Department of Engineering, said. “Each lab, classroom, course syllabi, textbooks, quizzes, lectures and even notes the professor has in the course binder. They also conducted interviews with professors, department heads and even our university president and provost to see their view on our departments and what kind of support they give to us.”
This was the first attempt at accreditation for both departments, which was approved at the annual meeting of all ABET commission members in May.
“It took years of preparation to get to where we are today,” said Dr. Juan Iglesias, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. “We are very pleased that we received compliments from the reviewers, and they commended us for our software and hardware we had in our labs.”
For more information about programs in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, call (956) 882-6701, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.utb.edu/csmt.