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09-29-2011

Clarkson University Engineering & Management Program Gains Dual Accreditation

Clarkson University's Engineering & Management bachelor's degree program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

Clarkson's Engineering & Management program is now only the second program in the world to be accredited by both AACSB International and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. AACSB accreditation standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s programs.

Engineering & Management draws upon Clarkson’s established strengths in both engineering and management. The program was developed in partnership with industry leaders to meet the growing demand for individuals with strong skills in both engineering and business, who can bring a broad business and technical perspective to complex business and industrial management.

The program is an interdisciplinary major offered within the School of Business.

“Our E&M program is the best of its kind anywhere," said School of Business Dean Timothy F. Sugrue. "Moreover, this is the engineering degree of the future. Graduates trained to manage within the engineering and innovation process are, and will be, at the center of this country’s global competition strategy. I am very proud of our program’s contribution to this effort."

ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education. 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, academe, 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 a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, 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.

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 25 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 1,500 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for nearly 75 years. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at http://www.abet.org . 

AACSB Accreditation Standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas. AACSB accreditation ensures students and parents that the business school is providing a top-quality education.

For more information about Clarkson's Engineering & Management program, see http://www.clarkson.edu/em .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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