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ABET Accreditation


We are proud to note that our Computer Engineering Program at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering is ABET accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission. ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels.

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Why does ABET accreditation matter?

Simply put, accreditation is value. Accreditation is proof that our Computer Engineering program has met certain standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter their professions. Students who graduate from accredited programs have access to enhanced opportunities in employment; licensure, registration and certification; graduate education and global mobility. Visit the ABET website to see how ABET accreditation adds value to our students' experience. 

How does ABET help us develop a strategic plan for students? 

The ABET accreditation process gives us an opportunity to define Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes - what knowledge, skills and behaviors that students acquire by graduation. The current Student Outcomes were drafted in 2007 by our faculty, in consultation with students, employers, alumni and our advisory board. Because computer engineering is such a dynamic field, we revisit these Student Outcomes annually to ensure they are still relevant.

Graduates of UCR’s BS degree program in Computer Engineering will meet high professional, ethical, and societal goals as demonstrated by:

  • Success in post-graduation studies as evidenced by:
    • satisfaction with the decision to further their education
    • advanced degrees earned
    • professional visibility (e.g., publications, presentations, patents, inventions, awards)
  • Professional responsibilities (e.g. professional mentoring, professional society membership and offices, reviewing and editorial work for professional journals) success in a chosen profession or vocation as evidenced by:
    • career satisfaction
    • promotions/raises (e.g. Management leadership positions or distinguished technical positions)
    • professional visibility (e.g., publications, presentations, patents, inventions, awards)
    • professional responsibilities (e.g. professional registration, professional mentoring, professional society membership and offices)
    • entrepreneurial activities
    • consulting activities
  • Contributions to society as evidenced by:
    • leadership roles
    • public service
    • mentoring / outreach activities
    • volunteer service
  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice