Jackson State University’s engineering, computer science and technology programs have received accreditation.
The computer engineering, civil and environmental engineering and computer science programs were recently accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET. The technology program was accredited by ATMAE.
Dr. Richard Alo, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, said the programs are relatively new.
“This is a real hallmark to be able to get out and say that within a ten-year period we pulled off accreditation and a new stellar building that’s recognized for using green technology.”
Dr. James C. Renick, JSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said the accreditation assures students they’re getting a quality education at the university.
“We have dedicated faculty, staff and students in these very important programs. We are delighted with the continuing success of these programs that are critically important to our state, region and nation.”
Alo said JSU’s programs have experienced “tremendous growth.”
“Our enrollment in engineering has increased by 20 percent or more a year. We’re bucking the national trend. We’re drawing students from all over, which is an indication of the reputation of the program.”
Alo said the programs are diverse, drawing students from across the U.S. and from China, India and South America.
ABET accredits over 3,100 applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology programs at more than 670 colleges and universities in 24 countries worldwide.
ATMAE, the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering, sets standards for academic program accreditation, personal certification, and professional development for educators and industry professional involved in integrating technology leadership and design.