Computer Science and Information Technology Programs Earn Global Accreditation
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology programs have 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 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, as well as being well prepared for graduate study.
The process of achieving first-time accreditation requires a cooperative effort on the part of all members of a department as well as effective preparation to assure a successful on-campus visit by ABET representatives.
KU now joins the body of ABET accredited higher education entities that provide their constituents an iron-clad assurance of the veracity of the degrees they offer.
"ABET accreditation provides prospective students confidence in the quality of these two undergraduate programs offered by the department," said Lisa Frye, department chair. "The accreditation was achieved through the dedication and hard work of all members of the department, which they bring to their jobs every day in helping students be successful in their courses and programs of study."
KU's Department of Computer Science and Information Technology offers two separate programs of study for a Bachelor of Science: Computer Science and Information Technology. Minors are also available in both computer science and information technology.
In our information age, few paths can rival a degree in computer science as a passkey to the job of your choice. Computers drive everything in our global society. And wherever there are computers, there are professionally-skilled people developing, maintaining, programming and managing networks. From healthcare to sports, from retail to government, no organization can function without employees who have the skills and credentials you'll possess with a degree in computer science.
The information technology field is experiencing explosive growth which is projected to continue, according to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Due to the widespread use of computer technology – and the growing complexity of data-storing systems – IT professionals are found in virtually every industry. Over the next decade, career opportunities in IT are expected to grow faster than average.
KU is the only university in the region to offer an accredited Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree. Through a balanced curriculum, the program develops a strong foundation in IT fundamentals with a significant hands-on experience. Students will engage in key aspects of information technology fundamentals, including cyber security, networking, database management, systems integration and data analytics.
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, ethical behavior 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, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries.
More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.