Missouri S&T engineering and computing programs show high marks in renewed ABET accreditation

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On September 14, 2021

An aerial view of the Missouri S&T campus.

Engineering and computing programs at Missouri S&T gained high marks in the latest accreditation review.

The 16 programs within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at Missouri S&T showed remarkable improvement in receiving renewed accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), Inc.

“Our department chairs have worked hard to improve their programs, and their work shows in the latest accreditation review,” says Dr. Richard Wlezien, vice provost and CEC dean. “I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and look forward to continuing to provide excellent education for our students.”

ABET noted strengths in nearly all CEC programs and only eight areas of concern. A strength is an aspect of a program that is above the standard. ABET defines concern as the potential for a program to no longer satisfy a criterion even though it currently meets expectations. The previous review noted several weaknesses, which are more serious than concerns and require remedial action to strengthen compliance with a criterion, policy or procedure prior to the next review. The latest ABET review noted no weaknesses in CEC programs.

“I have served as an ABET team lead, and I have never seen a review this clean,” says S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani. “I congratulate our CEC programs on their remarkable progress.”

In the previous review, ABET pointed out needed growth, primarily in continuous improvement within several programs. ABET defines continuous improvement as how well a program or process meets the needs and expectations of students.

“We brought greater focus to continuous improvement after the previous review and made significant progress in that area,” says Dr. Stephen Raper, CEC’s ABET coordinator. “We have an opportunity going forward to continue to build on that success.”

Programs are reviewed for accreditation every six years. The CEC programs will undergo the process again in 2026.

Graphic representation of the 2014 ABET accreditation review for S&T engineering and computing programs
Graphic representation of the 2020 ABET accreditation review for S&T engineering and computing programs

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,100 students and is part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 different degree programs in 40 areas of study and is ranked by CollegeFactual as the best public university to study engineering. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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  • David G. Sizemore says:

    Everyone involved in this ABET should be very pleased with the results with special congratulations to the University as well. The active involvement of our Alumni is a strength as well. In particular the active interaction with the established Academies has contributed also. Few other schools can demonstrate a superior environment to ours. Onward!