Athens State University is pleased to announce that it has received ABET accreditation for its Computer Science and Information Technology programs. The University is the only school in North Alabama to have its Information Technology program accredited by ABET.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries. ABET accreditation assures that 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. 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.

Athens State’s degree programs in Computer Science and Information Technology provide students with a strong foundation in programming, problem analysis, problem-solving, and software engineering significantly supplemented with practical experience using hardware and software resources available in contemporary computer laboratories maintained by Athens State. Students are prepared to be able to demonstrate an understanding of information assurance issues and have the skills to solve problems related to computer programming, computer networking, and information security.

“ABET accreditation is a tribute to our highly qualified and dedicated faculty,” said Dr. Stephen Spencer, Dean of Athens State’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Meeting the highest national, and even international, standards of quality assures employers and graduate programs that our students are fully prepared for success.”

More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.