The Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science (Beirut Campus) at AUST is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in Applied Science, Computing, Engineering, and Engineering Technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates the program’s commitment to provide its students with a quality education.
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, and academia, 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 and systematically 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 in reaching these goals, and improve the offered programs based on the results of the said assessment.
Another key element of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs should have an Industry Advisory Board (IAB) that includes prominent figures from the industry who will help the Computer Science team at AUST to shape their courses according to market needs based on statistical studies and technology trends.
In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, ABET accreditation helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared to enter the global workforce.
ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 35 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 2,200 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 http://www.abet.org.