Computer Science Programs Receive Top Accreditation

Published: October 01, 2009 | Read Time: 2 minutes

The College of Computing, Integrated Engineering and Technology announces the recent accreditation of its Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) programs. The programs earned ABET accreditation, one of the top accrediting institutions in the field of engineering and technology. ABET status is assurance that Southern Utah University’s CSIS programs have met the quality standards set by the computing profession. 

"We are excited for the students and the benefits they can derive from graduating from an ABET accredited program," says Rob Robertson, Interim Department Chair for the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. 

CSIS currently offers three bachelor degrees in the areas of Computer Science, Information Systems and Computer Science with a Forensic Science emphasis. Students graduating with these degrees will be able to jump into careers such as programming, computer consulting, database design and a host of others. 

Most students graduating from the program leave with employment or acceptance into a graduate program. With the accreditation graduate schools and employers can be assured that graduates have been well prepared and trained in the fields of computer and information science. 

The accreditation will not only benefit graduates but give increased visibility to SUU as a school. There are only 28 schools with the Information Systems accreditation, SUU makes 29. "This recognizes SUU and puts us in an arena with top schools" says Robertson. 

The CSIS department has experienced growth and seen high demand for their students. Computer skills and development are needed in business today. Faculty and staff at SUU constantly receive requests for employees from the program. "The economic outlook in these areas is among the top 10 fastest growing careers" said Robertson. The program plans to further develop its course offerings in security related issues and hopes to one day add a masters degree in that area. 

In order to receive the accreditation the program must go through a self-evaluation and host a campus visit. Those that visited the campus were impressed with the curriculum offered at SUU and the faculty members. The accreditation committee commented on how strong the curriculum was compared to other schools they had evaluated. 

Receiving the accreditation is a reflection on the level of faculty and also students in the program. The programs must meet industry standards and prepare students to enter the industry after graduation. The ABET accreditation is about constant improvement. 

For more information on the accreditation or programs offered contact Rob Robertson at 435-865-8560 or visit the department of computer science page of SUU's website.

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