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Dec. 12: Computer science program receives ABET accreditation

Monday, December 12, 2016

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College’s Bachelor of Science program in computer science has received ABET accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to providing students with quality education.

ABET accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations focus on program curriculum, faculty, facilities and institutional support and are conducted by teams of professionals from industry, academia and government with expertise in the ABET disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

“The faculty in the department feel the accreditation reaffirmed our belief that we deliver high-quality programs,” said Xinlian Liu, Ph.D., co-chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. “The accreditation also serves to position our students well in the job market and for acceptance into graduate programs in computer science.”

A number of large employers will only pay for tuition reimbursement for employees attending graduate schools if the school has ABET accreditation. These employers use the accreditation to gauge the quality and rigor of programs at a school. Only 287 four-year institutions, and only 12 in Maryland, have computer science ABET accreditation.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously assess and improve program quality. As part of this continuous improvement process, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals and improve their programs based on the results of their assessments.

“For more than two decades our undergraduate computer science program has produced outstanding technical professionals and leaders in the field of computing,” said John Boon, co-chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. “Accreditation of our computer science degree by ABET is a substantial achievement for the department. Accreditation assures students that our degree meets internationally recognized quality standards for computer science education. The accreditation also assures employers that Hood’s computer science graduates have the educational background they need to enter the computing profession.”

This is the College’s initial accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC ABET), the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

Hood’s computer science department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science; minors in computer science and web development; master’s degrees in computer science, information technology and management of information technology; and a certificate in cybersecurity. For more information on Hood’s computer science program, visit cs.hood.edu.