New Accreditation

The College of Engineering’s program in engineering education received its initial accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ONU’s engineering education program is the first of its kind in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. It’s the only engineering program to be specifically designed to prepare future educators. The program is rare in that it allows students to pursue a core engineering curriculum along with the courses required to become certified to teach in high school. The goal of the program is to produce engineers who are certified to teach mathematics in middle school and high school. Initial graduates of ONU’s engineering education major have become STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers in secondary schools, an engineer within the manufacturing industry, and a graduate student in engineering education at a major research university.

“The faculty and staff of the College of Engineering are pleased to achieve this accreditation for our programs, which highlights our continued commitment to program assessment and improvement,” said Dr. Eric T. Baumgartner, dean of the College of Engineering. “We are especially proud to earn initial accreditation for our unique engineering education program.”

In addition, the college's bachelor’s degree programs in civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering have been re-accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and the bachelor’s degree program in computer science has been re-accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. These accreditations ensure that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that lead the way in innovation and emerging technologies and anticipate the welfare and safety needs of the public.

ABET’s voluntary peer-review process adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines in which quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.