In the United States, accreditation is a non-governmental, peer reviewed process that ensures educational quality. Educational institutions or programs volunteer to periodically undergo this review to determine if minimum criteria are being met. Accreditation verifies that an institution or program meets the criteria, ensuring a quality educational experience.
There are two types of accreditation: institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation evaluates overall institutional quality. Regional accreditation of institutions is one form of this. Specialized accreditation, however, examines specific programs of study to determine if graduates are prepared to enter the profession. This type of accreditation is granted to specific programs at specific levels. Programs of architecture, nursing, law, medicine and engineering are often evaluated through this type of accreditation.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) provides institutional accreditation for Oregon State University.
Accreditation for Civil Engineering
The Bachelor of Science (BS) and Honors Bachelor of Science (HBS) degrees in the civil engineering program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The ABET accredited civil engineering curriculum is designed to prepare students for professional engineering registration and for responsible engineering positions with business, industry, consulting firms, the military, utilities, or public agencies.
Our CE program mission, program educational objectives, and student outcomes are available on the civil engineering accreditation page.
A student may also earn a concurrent non-accredited Bachelor of Arts (B. A.) degree by completing 32 additional credit hours in residence, including proficiency equivalent to that attained at the end of the second year of a foreign language as certified by the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature.
Accreditation for Construction Engineering Management
The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) provides specialized accreditation for construction management. The CEM program was first accredited in 1980, and was re-accredited in 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008. In 2008 the CEM program accreditation was extended for the maximum six years allowed by the accrediting body.
The program mission and objectives are available on the CEM Accreditation page.