Grand Canyon College’s engineering professors discuss dynamic techniques within the classroom. However GCU’s Engineering Division itself is a dynamic system, consistently transferring its applications ahead.
The most recent applications to take action: the School of Science, Engineering and Expertise’s Mechanical Engineering Expertise and Electrical Engineering Expertise bachelor’s diploma applications, which lately acquired accreditation from the Engineering Expertise Accreditation Fee of ABET.
The stamp of approval from ABET — it initially stood for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Expertise, although that title has since been dropped — is taken into account the accreditation gold commonplace in these fields. Incomes it was the end result of a difficult 18-month, peer-review course of that targeted on what college students expertise and be taught. Peer reviewers checked out program curricula, school, services and institutional help, with the method culminating in a web site go to.
It’s the newest coup for the faculty, which in 2020 earned its first ABET accreditations for its bachelor’s diploma tracks in Biomedical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, in addition to for its bachelor’s diploma program in Pc Science. The School of Science, Engineering and Expertise adopted that up a 12 months later when its bachelor’s in Engineering additionally acquired the ABET designation.
“The ABET accreditation of those two applications (Mechanical Engineering Expertise and Electrical Engineering Expertise) was exhausting work and an incredible group effort,” mentioned Assistant Dean of Engineering Dr. Richard Mulski. “The Engineering school, employees, college students and different constituents carried out very nicely, and that is one other superior instance of how all of us work collectively at GCU to perform our targets.”
Mulski mentioned the ABET group discovered no issues in both of those applications, which “speaks to the standard of our Engineering applications at GCU.”
CSET added the Mechanical Engineering Expertise and Electrical Engineering Expertise bachelor’s diploma tracks to the curriculum in 2016, only a 12 months after launching its first engineering applications in 2015.
What differentiates engineering know-how from conventional engineering is that the main target is on software and implementation — so a better emphasis on hands-on lab expertise — whereas engineering tracks focus extra on concept and design and embody higher-level math and theoretical science within the curricula.
The engineering know-how applications match completely into GCU’s imaginative and prescient of turning into a big participant in science, know-how, engineering and math schooling, fields which are anticipated to see faster-than-average development.
They usually match into CSET’s instructing type, which focuses on software reasonably than concept. Courses are formatted primarily as lab lessons interspersed with lecture.
Receiving an ABET accreditation signifies that a program meets a sure commonplace of high quality assurance and that college students graduating from these applications are ready for trade.
That bodes nicely for GCU’s college students, since some employers will solely rent from ABET-accredited applications.
“That is wonderful for our college students who graduated with these levels beforehand, since they now can proudly talk about ABET with a possible employer,” Mulski mentioned.
The Mechanical Engineering Expertise and Electrical Engineering Expertise bachelor’s applications are ABET accredited by Sept. 30, 2028, the utmost time earlier than the following reaccreditation analysis go to.
ABET, the worldwide accreditor of school and college applications in utilized and pure science, computing, engineering and engineering know-how, accredits 4,361 applications at 850 schools and universities in 41 nations.
GCU senior author Lana Sweeten-Shults could be reached at [email protected] or at 602-639-7901.
ABET-ACCREDITED ENGINEERING PROGRAMS
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering with an Emphasis in Robotics
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an Emphasis in Aerospace
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
ABET-ACCREDITED COMPUTING PROGRAMS
- Bachelor of Science in Pc Science with an Emphasis in Massive Knowledge Analytics
- Bachelor of Science in Pc Science with an Emphasis in Enterprise Entrepreneurship
- Bachelor of Science in Pc Science with an Emphasis in Recreation and Simulation Growth
ABET-ACCREDITED ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Expertise
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Expertise
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Expertise with an Emphasis in Mechatronics
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