AU Engineering Program earns ABET Accreditation

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University’s bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Dr. John Millis, chair of the department of physical sciences and engineering, said, “The peer-reviewed ABET report quoted program strengths that we value highly at AU, including real-world knowledge from industry experts. The report also praised the program’s student-faculty relationships and personalized mentorships, as well as the faculty’s exceptional accessibility. These values and strengths, which are evident across AU’s diverse program offerings, tell a distinctive and compelling narrative of who we are as a department and institution.”

Dr. Chad Wallace, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, said, “We are proud to offer the first ABET-accredited engineering program in Madison County, which, along with the technology programs already offered by Purdue Polytechnic and Ivy Tech, make this a premier location for engineering, technology, and manufacturing companies to invest. Additionally, we are the first Christian university to offer an ABET-accredited mechanical engineering program in central Indiana, and one of only a few in the entire Midwest.”

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It currently accredits more than 3,800 programs at more than 750 colleges and universities in 31 countries.

More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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