St. Mary’s computer engineering program is the first in San Antonio to be accredited by ABET, and one of only 11 in Texas. The industrial and electrical engineering programs have been accredited for nearly 30 years and were re-accredited during the most recent cycle.
“I am very pleased to see yet another one of our engineering programs recognized for having met the quality standards of our profession,” said Winston Erevelles, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering and Dean of theSchool of Science, Engineering, and Technology “We have a long-standing tradition of rigorous engineering education at St. Mary’s University that is enhanced by our liberal arts heritage. Our Catholic, Marianist approach to education fosters an environment where our students develop as individuals and as engineering professionals who distinguish themselves in industry or enter graduate programs at some of the finest institutions in the nation.”
Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations, conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academia, and private practice within the ABET disciplines, focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support, and other important areas.
One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.
In addition to providing colleges and universities with a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, ABET accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.
St. Mary’s School for Science, Engineering and Technology strives to meet students’ needs by offering them degree programs that reflect today’s changing professional job market. This fall 2010 semester St. Mary’s will offer a pre-med concentration within the engineering science degree program for students who want to pursue careers in medicine and/or in biomedical engineering. In response to the need for more convenient, but still academically strong graduate programs for professionals, the School is introducing an industry-responsive, online master’s degree in software engineering for the spring 2011 semester. These are just the latest additions to the new degrees St. Mary’s now offers.
Graduates from the School of Science, Engineering and Technology are in high demand by the country’s top graduate and professional schools, as well as regional and national organizations. The school offers small class sizes, personalized attention from faculty, rigorous programs that combine scientific education with the liberal arts, a dedicated and experienced faculty with a passion for student mentoring, classes taught primarily by full-time professors, active learning in well-equipped laboratories, and internship and undergraduate research opportunities that enhance the student experience.