The Computer Science program at the University of Louisiana Monroe completed a rigorous accreditation process through the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.and received accreditation through the year 2026.
The accrediting body found no deficiencies, weaknesses, or concerns throughout the process, which is a significant accomplishment, according to Jose Cordova, associate professor of computer science.
The Computer Science program in the ULM College of Business and Social Sciences was established in 1984 and was first accredited in 1986.
“ABET accreditation is an important recognition of the overall quality of the program and its compliance with various professional standards, including faculty credentials, curriculum, equipment, and continuous improvement processes,” stated Cordova.
Computer Science at Top 10 major at ULM
There are 136 students enrolled in the Computer Science program at ULM for the spring 2021 semester. The program is in the Top 10 majors that ULM undergraduate students pursue.
The top employers of ULM computer science graduates are Lumen, IBM, Vantage Health Plan, and Praeses.
“In the last few years, Computer Science at ULM has experienced a significant growth in enrollment as students realize the enormous potential and variety of careers available to Computer Science graduates. The demand for software application developers and related positions continues to grow at a time when technology becomes more and more important in everyone’s lives,” Cordova said.
About the accrediting process
Serving on the accreditation committee were Cordova and other members of the Computer Science faculty.
The accrediting process starts with the preparation of a self-study report that provides evidence of compliance with various accreditation standards.
A few months after the report is submitted, a team of ABET program evaluators visited ULM’s campus and met with faculty, students, administrators, industry partners and staff members.
After the visit, the ABET team submitted an initial report. The final accreditation decision was made by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET at its annual meeting.
“The ABET accreditation serves as an important ‘seal of approval’ that current, prospective, and former students can take into consideration when evaluating the quality of our program. This achievement is a validation of the hard work and dedication that Computer Science faculty and students demonstrate every day,” said Cordova.
This article originally appeared on Monroe News-Star: ULM Computer Science program receives ABET accreditation to 2026