The B.S.E. in Engineering and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering programs at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) have both received full six-year reaccreditations from ABET, the international organization that sets the global standard for academic programs in engineering.
The six-year accreditation is the longest provided to a program through the accreditation or reaccreditation process.
“For students, ABET accreditation verifies that their educational experience meets the global standard for technical education and enhances employment opportunities,” said Jonathan Spindel, director of engineering programs at Jefferson.
ABET accreditation supports entry to a technical profession through licensure, registration and certification, he said. It establishes eligibility for federal student aid programs and paves the way for students to work globally since ABET accreditation is recognized worldwide and many countries’ national accrediting systems are based on the ABET model.
“This is a pivotal moment in the evolution of Jefferson engineering programs,” said Ronald Kander, executive dean of Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, noting the ABET report singled out the University’s DEC Core Curriculum and the Hallmarks Program as specific strengths. “This reinforces and externally validates our unique value proposition and validates our Nexus Learning pedagogy.”
The current reaccreditation is the culmination of a two-year effort by administrators, faculty and staff that involved extensive collection and analysis of course content and student learning outcome data from the engineering programs coupled with a complete review of the University’s academic, technical and administrative support services, Spindel said. “We’re very appreciative of the work that everyone put it to make this accreditation cycle so successful.”