UNG computer program obtains accreditation – WGAU


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The University of North Georgia claims that the UNG Computer Science program has achieved accreditation. School officials call this an “important step”.

From Clark Leonard, UNG …

The Bachelor of Computer Science program at the University of North Georgia (UNG) has achieved ABET accreditation.

ABET is a non-profit, non-governmental agency that accredits programs in applied and natural sciences, computer science, engineering, and engineering technology. Approximately 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries have received ABET accreditation.

“Obtaining ABET accreditation for our Computer Science program at UNG is an important milestone,” said Dr. Mary Gowan, Dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business at UNG. “This accreditation demonstrates to external stakeholders that our Mike Cottrell College of Business computer science program meets the highest standards in the discipline and is among the best programs in the world.”

Dr Ash Mady, head of the computer and information systems department at the UNG, said it took two years to prepare for accreditation. All faculty members played an important role in the collaboration.

“It’s a statement for our process, the quality we have and the program we have built. It’s wonderful to show the community that we deliver what we promise, ”said Mady. “This is a clear public indication of who we are. We are able to provide businesses in our region with future leaders equipped and prepared.

Computer science professor Dr Yong Wei said that the in-person evaluation of the computer science program by the ABET committee confirmed the quality provided by the UNG.

“They were very impressed with the preparation and standards of our IT program,” said Wei, who chaired the UNG ABET Accreditation Committee.

He and Mady noted that accreditation is not a one-off achievement. In addition to renewal every five years, recognition requires a continuous improvement plan, which has three elements:

· Course evaluations by students.

· A comprehensive field test as a measure to assess the quality of education the program provides to students.

· Formation of a council of industry employers and potential student employers to provide feedback on the educational offerings of the program.

Wei is excited about the industry advice and how he can assess how UNG is preparing students for the best jobs in the field.

“We will use this feedback to improve our lessons,” Wei said.

UNG’s computer science program prepares graduates for innovative careers in software engineering, systems administration, management, programming, and research. Students acquire the skills to program in multiple languages, develop databases and infrastructure, and think critically.

Wei said the connection with ABET would ensure that UNG remains at the forefront of its elective offerings.

Wei said accreditation is also another motivation for UNG professors to continue their innovative research and include undergraduates in these efforts.

“It’s extremely important,” Wei said. “Practical research is the best way to consolidate student learning.

Mady is proud to have a program that already enjoys great community support, the trust of business partners and visibility.

“We always felt compelled to show our commitment in any way we could,” said Mady. “It was not mandatory, but as an UNG faculty professional who is also an UNG graduate, we will make every effort to best reflect the quality of our programs and our university.”

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