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Speed becomes first school in the nation with dual-level accreditation

Speed becomes first school in the nation with dual-level accreditation

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc.

University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering Bachelor’s degree programs in bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science and computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

Master of Engineering degrees have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, and have been offered for over 20 years in all of the disciplines. Former Speed School Dean, Dr. M. R. Wilhelm, said that the school is very proud to be the first engineering school to achieve dual-level accreditation by EAC of ABET for its baccalaureate and master of engineering programs.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations.  The evaluations, conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe, and private practice within the ABET disciplines, focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support, and other important areas. 

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided.  As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment. 

In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 25 professional and technical member societies.  An internationally respected organization with some 1,500 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for nearly 75 years.  More information about ABET, its member societies, and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at

Named for the industrial family who endowed the school, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering an integral unit of the University of Louisville. Although it has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,500 students and a total enrollment of over 2000, the average class size is 27, which enables Speed School faculty to individualize instruction, to challenge students and to ensure their academic success.

The University of Louisville serves more than 21,000 students with ample resources and activities to support a diverse student body.

Speed School also offers the Bachelor of Science degree in computer science program that accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. Three alternating semesters of cooperative education is mandatory in all of the baccalaureate degree programs. 

Master of Science and Ph.D. programs are offered in all engineering disciplines except bioengineering (proposals for these are forthcoming soon).

Click here to learn more information about all of the degree programs offered by the Speed School.

Updated 11.19.2012

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