Friday, September 08, 2017

Penn State Altoona RTE program ABET-accredited

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The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.), the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology, has sanctioned Penn State University-Altoona’s Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) degree program. The validation makes Penn State Altoona “home to the first and only ABET-accredited RTE program in the U.S.”

“Penn State Altoona is honored to have our baccalaureate RTE program—the first program of its kind in the United States—accredited by ABET,” said Chancellor and Dean Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry. “The accreditation of the RTE program is a testament to our outstanding faculty and staff and their commitment to providing our students with a high-quality engineering education. Accreditation from ABET assures students and their families that Penn State Altoona’s trailblazing RTE program meets the global standards for engineering education and signals to employers that our students are prepared to be productive and innovative rail transportation professionals.”

ABET’s voluntary peer-review process “is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance,” the university noted. “Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.”

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. It currently accredits 3,709 programs at more than 750 colleges and universities in 30 countries.