ACCREDITATION OF US COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS ASSURES ACADEMIC QUALITY, IMPROVEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
In the US, accreditation is a form of independent, professional certification that focuses on schools and their programs. Accreditation assures students that a school or program adheres to high quality standards. This means that programs are delivered by qualified faculty and are constantly updated to follow the changes and meet the needs of the relevant industry or working world. Attending an accredited school or program is often thought to make its graduates more competitive on the job market.
Accreditation takes place at different levels - first, at the level of government and other agencies that govern and recognize accrediting bodies and then at the level of associations that accredit at the regional, institutional or program level.
Thus at the highest level, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is responsible for computer and information science accreditation which is implemented through six regional accrediting bodies which exist throughout the US.
As well, at the program level, many US 4-year computer science programs are accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The CSAB specializes in accreditation of:
Computer science (CS)
Information technology (IT)
Information systems (IS)
Information engineering technology
Currently CSAB accredits over 250 computer science programs, over 30 information science programs, over 20 software engineering programs, and 9 information technology programs in the US.
Click here for a list of all US ABET Accredited Computer Science programs.
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