Press Release for Wednesday, September 17, 2014
University of North Florida CCEC Programs Awarded Accreditation
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
The University of North Florida’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction programs have all been awarded reaccreditation through 2020 by ABET, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology, and the American Council for Construction Education, a leading global advocate of quality construction education.
All four program specializations in the Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Science (computer science, information systems; information technology and information science) have been reaccredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, while the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET reaccredited all three programs in engineering (mechanical, electrical and civil engineering). ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.
Additionally, the Board of Trustees of the American Council for Construction Education granted reaccreditation of the Construction Management Program at UNF. ACCE was established in 1974 to be a leading global advocate of quality construction education and to promote, support and accredit quality construction programs around the world.
“This type of international external certification from the professional community confirms the outstanding quality of our programs in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and reflects the excellence and dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Mark Tumeo, CCEC dean. “National surveys and rankings list UNF as one of the best educational values in the country, and this demonstrates that fact.”
One of the key elements of both ACCE and 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 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 assists registration, licensure and certification boards in screening applicants.
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 disciplines, focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support and other important areas.
The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at UNF offers exciting and demanding degree programs that lead to highly rewarding careers. One of the College’s hallmarks is the interaction of the faculty with students on research projects. Faculty is committed to preparing students to make significant contributions to their chosen professions and the Northeast Florida region and beyond. For more information about CCEC’s bachelor degree program, visit http://www.unf.edu/ccec/.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.