ABET Accreditation


The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree at Central College is currently seeking accreditation from ABET, the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology.  The accreditation process is voluntary; Central chooses to go through this rigorous process to meet quality standards set by the nation’s engineering professional leaders.  No program can be accredited, though, until it has graduated its first class.  Central is on track to submit its self-study in May 2020, with an accrediting visit by ABET in Fall 2020.  We will not know about full accreditation, however, until July 2021, at which time accreditation will be retroactive to the inaugural class.  Our curriculum, faculty engagement, internships, and community partnerships are all designed with ABET’s accreditation requirements in mind.

Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Central graduates will:

  1. Have active and rewarding careers in engineering or other chosen fields, finding that Central’s integration of technical education—in engineering, physics and mathematics—with the liberal arts uniquely positions them as professionals with both technical expertise and big-picture insight, enabling them to meet the various needs of industry and broader society.
  2. Continue their pursuit of excellence by engaging in professional licensing, graduate study, or other professional education to become adaptive professionals who continuously develop new skills and areas of expertise to respond to an ever-changing world.
  3. Demonstrate commitment to responsible citizenship in their professional and personal lives, serving as both team members and leaders on broad interdisciplinary teams, interfacing with a variety of people and ideas, communicating their ideas and results to audiences both technical and non-technical and serving and enriching the communities—both locally and globally—in which they live.

Engineering Outcomes

The Central engineering program has adopted the new Criteria 3 Student Outcomes of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Student’s in Central’s engineering program will gain an ability to:

  1. Identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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