Tennessee Technological University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels.
Tennessee Tech's Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Accreditation is a non-governmental, peer review process that assures educational quality of degree programs. Educational institutions voluntarily undergo a periodical review of their programs by accrediting agencies to show to the world that their programs satisfy a set of minimum criteria for accreditation. Accreditation verifies that a program meets the minimum criteria, ensuring a quality educational experience for students.
The BSEE degree program received its first accreditation in 1966 from the Engineers Council for Professional Development (ECPD), a forerunner to the present accrediting agency. Started in 1999, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) program received its first accreditation in 2000. Both programs have continuously maintained accreditation.
Starting from 1932, ABET and its forerunner organizations have served as the recognized accrediting agencies for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET is sponsored by a federation of 31 professional engineering and technical societies representing these fields and is recognized by the US Department of Education. With input from these professional societies, ABET develops criteria used to evaluate educational programs. ABET accredits over 2500 engineering, engineering technology and engineering related programs at some 550 colleges and universities in the United States.
The ECE Department, in order to maintain high quality programs and facilitate continual improvement, has established objectives and outcomes for each program as well as for each course. These may be found in the course syllabi and program pages elsewhere on this website. An assessment process monitors the achievement of course and program outcomes through measures such as course work and test results, national exam results (Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination), alumni surveys and feedback from employers. The assessment results are used to identify where improvements can be made. Through this process the department is continually updating and improving its programs to meet the changing needs of students, employers, and society.
Other University accreditations and memberships are listed on a separate web page.