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ABET-Accredited Programs

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET:

  • Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (CU-Boulder and CU-CMU in Grand Junction)

Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET:

  • Computer Science

The college embraces a vision and set of goals that stress excellence. To ensure regular progress is made toward these goals, we conduct regular assessment  at both the college level and within our departments and programs.

We use the following channels to assess our performance, analyze and report assessment information, and implement changes as a result.

Program Accreditation

Ten of the college's 12 undergraduate programs at CU-Boulder are accredited, including nine by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( and one (computer science) by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. In addition, the CU-Colorado Mesa University Mechnical Engineering Partnership Program located in Grand Junction also is accredited. Each accredited program is reviewed every six years.

In support of our ABET accreditation efforts, the college frequently reviews objectives, outcomes, and curricula, often with input from advisory board members, faculty, staff, and students. Assessment tools and processes include:

  • administration, data collection, and analysis of several college surveys,
  • collection and analysis of the Fundamentals in Engineering (FE) exam data for those programs that use these data in their assessment, and
  • development of detailed academic program annual reports that include the above data along with course outcome assessment.

Changes are made as a result of these tools to increase student understanding of material, enhance the learning environment, reflect advances within each discipline, and implement improvements in pedagogy.

Academic Program Review and Planning

All CU-Boulder units report on their assessment of outcomes related to education and research goals in self studies that are developed every seven years. This serves as the basis of our reporting to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting agency for the campus as a whole.

As part of its self study, each department:

  • describes its student outcomes assessment methods,
  • summarizes results since its last self study, and
  • discusses how outcomes assessment results have been used in program planning and change.

Internal and external review committees base their recommendations for the units partly on the material in the self study, including the description of the outcomes assessment process. Engineering units were last reviewed in 2010-11 to coordinate with the accreditation cycle of ABET.

Other data about departments used in the academic review and planning process is available from the campus Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis.

Strategic Planning

The college also regularly assesses progress towards reaching its objectives related to people, programs, places, and resources, as articulated in its strategic plan. The Engineering 2020 strategic plan was developed with extensive involvement from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and industry.

College progress in achieving the strategic plan objectives also is reviewed by the college's Engineering Advisory Council, which meets semi-annually. A set of recommendations is generated from each meeting, and a semi-annual report summarizing the actions taken and results achieved in response to these recommendations is written prior to the next meeting.

College Assessment Committee

The College Assessment Committee meets each semester to consider and develop ongoing assessment measures used at the college. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the director of academic programs and assessment for surveys that are administered by the Dean's Office on behalf of college departments and programs.

Standing Committees

The following standing committees also provide assessment oversight at the college level:

  • Administrative Council - Serves in an advisory capacity to the dean in making decisions related to issues of administration.
  • Undergraduate Education Council -  Responsible for developing and coordinating undergraduate educational initiatives.
  • Graduate Education Council - Responsible for developing and coordinating graduate educational initiatives.

Changes Made as a Result of Assessment

View examples (by program) of some changes that have been made as a result of assessment by the college. 

Accreditation & Assessment Contact

If you have questions about accreditation or program asessment, please contact:

Terry Mayes
Director of Accreditation and Assessment
(303) 735-6446

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