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Accreditation of engineering and computing programs helps ensure that each graduate of an accredited program has gained, upon graduation, a level of education and training that meets certain standards and performance criteria. These standards, which are reexamined and updated systematically, are widely accepted by the constituents of the program (which include employers of program graduates and schools that provide these graduates with higher education).

The accreditation process and the specific requirements vary somewhat from country to country, and according to the accrediting agency. However, there is significant commonality across accreditation requirements of programs in the same subject matter. Moreover, many accrediting agencies have mutual recognition accords that recognize each other’s accreditation decisions. Through the accreditation process, multiple areas within each program undergo thorough review periodically. These areas include educational goals, the process of program quality control and self-assessment, the faculty, the facilities, the student body, budgets, recruiting practices, admissions procedures, curricula and course content, and degree completion requirements. Employers and schools thus have a certain level of assurance that future employees or students for higher degrees have graduated from a program that adheres to published and widely accepted performance criteria.

Accreditation.org is your resource to explore academic programs at all levels which have been accredited by a major accrediting agency. Here you can find resources for understanding the accreditation process, including accrediting organizations (and their accreditation criteria), accredited programs, and mutual recognition accords between accrediting agencies which help ensure consistent educational program quality across the profession.

-- Moshe Kam, Ph.D.,P.E.
    Dean, Newark College of Engineering
    New Jersey Institute of Technology