Accreditation

Academic programs are reviewed periodically, both internally (Provost's Office) and externally (accreditation agencies).

Internally, the Provost's office requires that all academic programs clearly define and meet educational outcomes. The Provost Office requirements are designed to meet Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities standards.

ABET accreditation requires a rigorous outcomes assessment, and a "closing-the-loop" process. The objective is to monitor various components of the programs such as course content, student learning (inside and outside classrooms), extra curricular activities and stakeholder opinion, with the intent of constantly improving. Stakeholders include current students, alumni, employers and the departmental advisory boards.

The College of Engineering and Mines offers 8 undergraduate degrees accredited by ABET. Here you can find more detailed information for each of the program's accreditation.

CEM Program Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic Quality

The B.S. Civil Engineering Program is Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

The objectives were chosen to be consistent with the missions of the College and the University, to reflect the program's need to provide proficiency in the recognized major areas of Civil Engineering, and to provide our graduates with the skills necessary for professional practice and growth.

The objectives make up the mission statement of the Department of Civil, Geological, and Environmental Engineering and drive all the efforts of the B.S. Civil Engineering program. The objectives tell the world what the B.S. Civil Engineering program is trying to accomplish. Many of the objectives are far reaching. The only way to determine if the objectives are being met is to study the long-term performance of our graduates after they leave the B.S. Civil Engineering program.

The Program Educational Objectives of the B.S. Civil Engineering Program are:

  • Graduates earnestly pursue professional careers in civil engineering and related fields.
  • Graduates innovatively meet engineering challenges, including those of cold climates and remote locations, working independently and in teams.
  • Graduates actively serve the professional community, pursue licensure and lifelong learning, and demonstrate high ethical standards.

The Student Outcomes of the B.S. Civil Engineering Program are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. an understanding of northern issues

Academic Quality

The Computer Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

B.S. Computer Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UAF seek to provide a positive learning environment that enables students to pursue their goals in an innovative program that is rigorous, challenging, open and supportive. The BSCpE program develops practical skills by emphasizing hands-on experience in the design, implementation, and validation of digital systems in an environment that fosters and encourages innovation and creativity. This approach builds the foundation for our program educational objectives.

  • Breadth. Graduates will utilize their broad education emphasizing computer engineering to serve as the foundation for productive careers in the public or private sectors, graduate education, and lifelong learning.
  • Depth. Graduates will apply their understanding of the fundamental knowledge prerequisite for the practice of and/or advanced study in computer engineering, including its scientific principles, rigorous analysis, and creative design.
  • Professional Skills. Graduates will apply skills for clear communication, responsible teamwork, professional attitudes and ethics to succeed in the complex modern work environment.

B.S. Computer Engineering Program Student Outcomes

These are the outcomes that our students attain:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Computer Science Program Educational Objectives

The faculty of the Department of Computer Science at UAF provides a positive learning environment that enables students to pursue their goals in an innovative program that is rigorous, challenging and supportive. The B.S. program develops practical skills by emphasizing hands-on experience in the design, implementation, and validation of computer systems in an environment that fosters and encourages innovation and creativity. This approach builds the foundation for the following program educational objectives:

  1. Breadth: Graduates will utilize their broad education emphasizing computer science to serve as the foundation for productive careers in technical and leadership roles in the public or private sectors, graduate education, and lifelong learning.
  2. Depth: Graduates will apply the fundamental knowledge that is prerequisite for the practice of and/or advanced study in computer science.
  3. Professional Skills: Graduates will communicate clearly, work effectively in teams, and hold themselves and their organizations to a high ethical standard.

Student Outcomes

According to the ABET Criteria for Accrediting Computing Programs 2.0, the program must enable students to attain, by the time of graduation, the ability to:
    1.    Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing andother relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
    2.    Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set
 of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
    3.    Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
    4.    Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in
computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
    5.    Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities
 appropriate to the program’s discipline.
    6.    Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to 
produce computing-based solutions.

The Electrical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

B.S. Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UAF seek to provide a positive learning environment that enables students to pursue their goals in an innovative program that is rigorous and challenging, open and supportive. The BSEE program develops practical skills by emphasizing hands-on experience in the design, implementation, and validation of electrical systems in an environment that fosters and encourages innovation and creativity. This approach builds the foundation for the following program educational objectives:

  • Breadth. Graduates will utilize their broad education emphasizing electrical engineering to serve as the foundation for productive careers in the public or private sectors, graduate education, and lifelong learning.
  • Depth. Graduates will apply their understanding of the fundamental knowledge prerequisite for the practice of and/or advanced study in electrical engineering, including its scientific principles, rigorous analysis, and creative design. The BSEE program offers depth concentration areas in communications, computer engineering, and power and control.
  • Professional Skills. Graduates will apply skills for clear communication, responsible teamwork, professional attitudes and ethics to succeed in the complex modern work environment.

B.S. Electrical Engineering Program Student Outcomes

These are the outcomes that our students attain:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
 

Mission of the B.S. Geological Engineering Program

The mission of the geological engineering program is to advance and disseminate knowledge related to mineral and energy exploration, evaluation, development and production; engineering site selection, construction and construction material production; and groundwater and geo-environmental engineering including geologic hazards assessment, through creative teaching, research and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the North and its diverse peoples.

Educational Objectives of the B.S. Geological Engineering Program

To graduate competent engineers who will be:

  • Graduates will be employed in one of the following professional areas: mineral and energy exploration and development; geotechnical engineering; groundwater engineering; or geo-environmental engineering.
  • Graduates will possess technical knowledge required to meet the unique challenges of geological engineering problems germane to cold regions, especially Alaska.
  • Graduates will pursue life-long learning through continuing education opportunities, professional registration/certification, and/or graduate studies.

Student Outcomes of the B.S. Geological Engineering Program

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. a knowledge of engineering applications as related to geological resources and geohazards in Alaska and an ability to practice engineering in arctic-related projects

The Mechanical Engineering Program is Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Educational Objectives of the B.S. Mechanical Engineering Program

After completing the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program, students will be able to:

  • Compete successfully on the world stage at the professional level
  • Understand the significant local, regional, national, and global issues facing humankind
  • Continue to develop as engineers through lifelong learning
  • Serve as resources of technical knowledge for the state as well as the nation, especially with respect to extreme latitude issues

Student Outcomes of the B.S. Mechanical Engineering Program

These are the outcomes that our students attain:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Mission of the B.S. Mining Engineering Program

As the nation's northernmost accredited Mining Engineering Program, our mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge for exploration, evaluation, development and efficient production of mineral and energy resources with assurance of the health and safety of persons involved, and protection of the environment, through creative teaching, research, and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the North, and its diverse peoples.

Educational Objectives of the B.S. Mining Engineering Program

To graduate competent engineers who will be:

  • employed in the mineral and energy industries
  • solving problems germane to Alaska
  • professional and understand the need to stay technically current

Student Outcomes of the B.S. Mining Engineering Program

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. an understanding of northern issues

The B.S. program in Petroleum Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

Educational Objectives of the B.S. Petroleum Engineering Program

  • Our graduates will have successful careers in the oil and gas industry by using technical knowledge and skills acquired to analyze real-world petroleum engineering problems, develop innovative solutions, and communicate these to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Our graduates will demonstrate professionalism through continuing professional development throughout their career, and commitment to ethical standards and lifelong learning.
  • Our graduates will contribute significantly to the global petroleum engineering profession and they will exemplify the behaviors necessary to become industry leaders within and beyond Alaska.

Student Outcomes of the B.S. Petroleum Engineering Program are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. an understanding of northern issues