Accreditation

The Mercer University Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 28 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Accreditation ensures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education since 1932 [ABET].

ABET mandates that each educational program have a set of program educational objectives and student outcomes. Program educational objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know or be able to do by the time of graduation.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates who are practicing engineers demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to:  

1. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems through analysis and design using the principles of science and mathematics and the modern tools of engineering. Graduates will demonstrate attainment of this objective within the first five years following graduation by refining their proficiencies in the use of modern engineering tools, their production of high quality products and processes, and their sound engineering judgment.  

2. Work effectively in a variety of contexts using superior communication skills and  knowledge of contemporary issues with a commitment to professional ethics.  Graduates will demonstrate attainment of this objective within the first five years following graduation by their significant contributions to the success of their work teams, by their effective written and oral communications, and by their demonstrated sensitivity to the ethical dimensions of professional practice.  

3. Pursue life-long learning through additional graduate or professional education. Graduates will demonstrate attainment of this objective within the first five years following graduation by achieving one or more of the following: successful use of opportunities for licensure, certification, and professional development;  successful use of opportunities to master new technology, and/or by their engagement in, or successful completion of, graduate education.  

4. Participate in their local and global communities through sustaining service and leadership. Graduates will demonstrate attainment of this objective within the first five years following graduation by their service and/or leadership roles in community organizations, and by their participation in professional societies to promote professional practice.

Student Outcomes

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering  

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data  

(c) 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  

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams  

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems  

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively  

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context  

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning 

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues  

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 

Metrics

 

In Fall 2015 the Mercer School of Engineering had 661undergraduate and 136 graduate students actively registered for classes.  90 BS degrees and 64 MS degrees were awarded in May 2016.