The University of Michigan College of Engineering is accredited by ABET, Inc., the “recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.” Accreditation of the College “ensures educational quality. Educational institutions or programs volunteer to periodically undergo this review in order to determine if certain criteria are being met.” This is especially important in the engineering fields, where many employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification.
ABET establishes criteria that each accredited college must meet to insure that students graduating from accredited programs demonstrate certain competencies.
Here at U of M, Engineering 100 covers many of these areas for the College, to help insure the accreditation of the Engineering programs. Students passing Engineering 100 must demonstrate:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
- An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context