Florida Polytechnic University celebrates ABET accreditation achievement

Sep 25, 2019
Florida Polytechnic University celebrates ABET accreditation achievement
The Florida Polytechnic University community celebrates the University’s recently achieved ABET accreditation on Sept. 25 at the Innovation, Science, and Technology building in Lakeland, Florida.

Florida Polytechnic University recognized its achievement of another major milestone in the University’s history on Sept. 25 with a fun and festive celebration.

Four of Florida Poly’s bachelor’s degrees have received highly anticipated accreditation by the Computing and Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

“ABET accreditation is proof that a collegiate program has met standards essential to produce graduates ready to enter the critical fields of STEM education,” said Dr. Randy Avent, Florida Poly’s president. “It verifies that your educational experience meets the global standard for technical education in your profession.”

The accreditation confirms that Florida Poly’s graduates are prepared to lead in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

“This paves the way for you to work globally because ABET accreditation is recognized worldwide through international agreements, and many other countries’ national accrediting systems are based on the ABET model,” Avent said to the crowd of about 500 students, faculty, and staff.

Accreditation of Florida Poly’s Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering degree programs is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2017, meaning graduates from those programs now have ABET-accredited degrees.

“This is absolutely wonderful,” said computer engineering junior Andre Infante. “It’s exactly what you’d expect from a college like Florida Poly. We started in 2014 and we’re making new steps every single day always getting better.”

The lively Florida Poly celebration in the Innovation, Science, and Technology building included cupcakes, music, and commemorative T-shirts to mark the milestone.

The importance of the achievement was not lost on computer engineering senior Nisha Patel, who will soon graduate from the newly accredited degree program.

“Our school has worked so hard in order to have this ABET accreditation happen,” she said. “Our degrees are going to mean so much more because we’ve been able to accomplish this step.

“It’s exciting for me and for those who are going to come in the future.”

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits 4,005 programs at over 793 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.

Lydia Guzman
Director of Communications

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