Loras College recently learned from the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET that its Engineering program has been certified after the traditional and rigorous review process. This certification affirms the high standards established for the Computer Science and Engineering programs have been successfully demonstrated.
According to ABET, “Students who graduate from accredited programs have access to enhanced opportunities in employment; licensure, registration and certification; graduate education and global mobility.” With this accreditation, Loras College further underscores value for prospective and current students.
“This engineering accreditation is a tribute to the quality of the program, its students and our faculty. We are now one of a select few small colleges in the Midwest to have achieved this prestigious certification,” said Loras College President Jim Collins. Danial Neebel, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and computing and information technology at Loras College, considers ABET accreditation critical for the continued success of the engineering program. “It will help us increase program enrollment and, in turn, resources to continue to improve labs and provide hands-on experiences for students.”
ABET certifies more than 3,100 programs in the United States and 24 different countries. The EAC evaluated Loras College on factors such as curriculum, faculty, institutional support, facilities and student outcomes. In its program, Loras College fulfilled the standards of an integrated curriculum that enforces mathematics, sciences and engineering topics linked with strong analysis and complex design components.
Loras College received maximal (ten years) accreditation as an institution from the Higher Learning Commission in 2010. In recent months, Loras programs in social work and teacher education were also successful in their reaccreditation efforts.