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Dordt's engineering program re-accredited by ABET
By Jane Ver Steeg
Following an extensive on-campus program review and evaluation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the engineering program at Dordt College has been granted continued accreditation status by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Dordt College is one of only a handful of Christian colleges that has been granted accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Dr. Ethan Brue is grateful for the ABET accreditation, but he is particularly passionate about preparing engineers to develop a Christian perspective that will help them set priorities as they enter their careers.
Accreditation is a voluntary process of peer review which verifies that a program meets specific educational standards. Graduates from ABET accredited programs are able to immediately begin the process of certification as a licensed professional engineer by taking the nationally administered Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. Since initial accreditation, all of Dordt’s engineering students who have taken the FE Exam in their senior year have passed the certification exam on their first try. This is well above the national average pass rate for ABET accredited engineering institutions.
“The process of ABET review is a great deal of work, but the results are encouraging. Achieving continued accreditation tells us that students in our program are receiving an excellent engineering education,” said Dr. Ethan Brue, engineering professor and department chair. “While I believe it is also valuable for prospective students and parents to have a national engineering accreditation body review our program and reaffirm that the program is achieving its goals and outcomes, our best assessment is when we hear back from alumni who appreciate not only the engineering preparation they received at Dordt, but also the Christian perspective that was developed during their years in the program.”
Dordt College has offered an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree since 1991. Students pursuing this degree are able to choose a mechanical, electrical, civil-environmental, computer, or biomedical area of concentration.
*accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org