For information regarding Campbell University accreditations, please visit www.campbell.edu/accreditation.
ABET accredits undergraduate engineering programs. An initial accreditation application cannot be made until a program has graduates. Our charter class graduated in May 2020. Our program is scheduled for its inaugural ABET accreditation visit during the 2021-2022 academic year. Accreditation from this cycle will be awarded in Summer 2022. As is common for new engineering programs, we have requested that our accreditation be made retroactive back to our charter class so that their degrees are included. We received permission in 2020 from the Professional Engineers of North Carolina for all of our students to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first step to professional engineering licensure. A number of students from our first two graduating classes have successfully elected to pursue and receive their EIT certificate.
Our Dean Jenna Carpenter, Associate Dean Michele Miller and Dr. Alison Polasik are accreditation experts. Dr. Carpenter is an ABET Program Evaluator for General Engineering programs (under the American Society for Engineering Education). Dr. Miller has been a Program Evaluator for Mechanical Engineering programs (under the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) since 2007 and a Team Chair since 2015. She served as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Commissioner from 2015-2020. Dr. Polasik is an ABET Program Evaluator for Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Programs (under The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society).
An ABET accreditation application is a years-long process. It includes developing learning experiences which help students achieve ABET’s seven student outcomes. These range from the ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering programs to the ability to consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. It also involves assembling an outstanding faculty; innovative laboratory and classroom spaces; safety training, policies and procedures; a culture of ethics and professionalism; solid student advising and extracurricular learning experiences; library resources; and an external Industrial Advisory Board composed of engineering experts in the Research Triangle Region and beyond to provide guidance on current industry needs and trends.
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