UNK computer science program earns ABET accreditation

KEARNEY — The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s bachelor’s degree program in computer science comprehensive has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

ABET accreditation assures programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Tim Jares
Tim Jares

“Quality education and career preparedness are indicators of a successful professional,” said Tim Jares, dean of UNK’s College of Business and Technology. “The ABET accreditation is recognized worldwide as an indicator of high-quality technical education in STEM fields. Earning that accreditation elevates the value of our computer science degree for our graduates and alumni and increases the demand for recruits to our program and from employers seeking to hire our graduates.

“I am extremely proud of our college and faculty who have driven this process. Fortuitously, this new ABET accreditation comes at the same time as our launch of the state-of-the-art Discovery Hall. I’m truly thrilled for the opportunity it offers our current and future students.”

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries.

For more information about UNK’s computer science comprehensive degree program, visit www.unk.edu/csit.