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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s engineering technology programs have received accreditation by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Electrical engineering technology, environmental engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology are the only three bachelor’s degree programs of their kind in Wisconsin to receive accreditation from the organization. UW Oshkosh’s environmental engineering technology program is the second in the country to receive accreditation.

Accreditation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of faculty and staff, said Greg Kleinheinz, engineering technology department chair.

“This tells every student that has graduated, those currently in the program and future students that our program conforms to the highest standards possible,” Kleinheinz said. “ABET accreditation is the gold standard for engineering and engineering technology programs.”

Accreditation also means the UW Oshkosh program is a quality program on par with exceptional programs nationally, he said.

To achieve accreditation, UW Oshkosh submitted materials including curriculum, facilities information, data on graduate assessments, and student and graduate evaluations. ABET conducted a site visit, issued preliminary findings and voted to approve the accreditation following a response to the findings from UWO.

One other UW Oshkosh program, computer science, is accredited by ABET.

ABET is the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

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.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental agency. It currently accredits 4,005 programs at over 793 colleges and universities in 32 countries.

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