UVU’s Information Systems Program Gains Key Accreditation
September 7, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Raybum (801) 863-8504
Graduates from Utah Valley University’s College of Technology & Computing with a bachelor’s degree in information systems will now have a diploma that carries a bit more weight.
The University’s information systems program recently received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The accreditation comes after officials from ABET visited UVU, reviewed its courses, evaluated instructors and student success and determined the information systems program meets a high standard of excellence. The University learned of the accreditation in August.
“This is just more proof that students in our program at UVU are getting a high quality of education here,” said Abraham Teng, associate dean of the College of Technology & Computing.
The University’s computer science program also received a renewed accreditation from ABET, which allows graduates in that specialty to continue to benefit from the endorsement of high-quality training. ABET reviews its accreditations every six years.
A key value of the accreditation comes when graduates move into the workforce. The endorsement gives employers more confidence that UVU graduates come with a higher skill level in information systems technology and computer science. Some industry segments require employees to carry a degree from an ABET accredited university.
“For students who go on to work in private business or certain commercial areas the accreditation might only mean they received a higher-quality education. But there are some sectors, like many government jobs, where a degree from an accredited university is a requirement. So this will give our graduates more job options,” Teng said.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.