Accreditation

The agricultural engineering and biosystems engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The agricultural systems technology and industrial technology programs are accredited by the Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering Accreditation Commission of ATMAE.

Our Continuous Curricular Improvement Process

We work with key constituents to determine the outcomes expected of our students at time of graduation and we use assessment to determine whether or not students achieve these outcomes. These assessments inform our continuous curricular improvement process, thereby making our degree programs more valuable to our students and to society. Our accrediting institutions require we publicly post key information about our programs. Please see the relevant link below for each program:

Engineering Degree Program Mission, Current Enrollment, Graduation Numbers, Program Educational Objectives, and Intended Student Outcomes (per ABET):

Agricultural Engineering

The mission of the B.S. academic program in Agricultural Engineering is to train men and women to integrate knowledge of physical and biological sciences through application of engineering fundamentals and design to systems involved in production, processing, storage, handling, distribution, and use of food, feed, fiber, and other biomaterials, and in management of related natural resources worldwide.

Student Enrollment, Spring 2018: 205

Students Graduated (Spring 2017 to Fall 2017): 25

Program Educational Objectives
Three to five years after graduation, our graduates are using the knowledge, skills, and abilities from their agricultural engineering degree to improve the human condition through successful careers in a wide variety of fields. They are effective leaders, collaborators, and innovators who address environmental, social, technical, and business challenges. They are engaged in life-long learning and professional development through self-study, continuing education, or graduate/professional school. – Ratified by ABE External Advisory Committee, Fall 2011

Intended Student Outcomes
Graduates of the Agricultural Engineering curriculum should have, at the time of graduation:
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 interdisciplinary 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 the 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

Successful attainment of these intended student outcomes is determined by assessing student competencies (before and after graduation) in these areas: engineering/technical knowledge, general knowledge, continuous learning, quality orientation, initiative, innovation, cultural adaptability, analysis and judgment, planning, communication, teamwork, integrity, professional impact, and customer focus.

Last updated January 2018

Biological Systems Engineering

The mission of the Biological Systems Engineering degree program is to serve Iowa, the US, and the world, by training innovative engineers who can solve problems and create opportunities related to biorenewables production and processing, environmental quality, and food processing. Our graduates will be able to integrate physical and biological sciences with engineering design principles, and will be prepared for professional practice and/or post-graduate educational opportunities.

Student Enrollment, Spring 2018: 99

Students Graduated (Spring 2017 to Fall 2017): 20

Program Educational Objectives
Three to five years after graduation, our graduates are using the knowledge, skills, and abilities from their agricultural engineering degree to improve the human condition through successful careers in a wide variety of fields. They are effective leaders, collaborators, and innovators who address environmental, social, technical, and business challenges. They are engaged in life-long learning and professional development through self-study, continuing education, or graduate/professional school. – Ratified by ABE External Advisory Committee, Fall 2011

Intended Student Outcomes
Graduates of the Agricultural Engineering curriculum should have, at the time of graduation:
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 interdisciplinary 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 the 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

Successful attainment of these intended student outcomes is determined by assessing student competencies (before and after graduation) in these areas: engineering/technical knowledge, general knowledge, continuous learning, quality orientation, initiative, innovation, cultural adaptability, analysis and judgment, planning, communication, teamwork, integrity, professional impact, and customer focus.

Last updated January 2018

Technology Degree Program Option Mission, Program Objectives, and Intended Student Outcomes (per ATMAE):

We developed and implemented a novel assessment model based on Workplace Competencies– skills, attitudes and behaviors that students will need to be successful practicing professionals. These competencies are more than assessment metrics. They are integrated into the curriculum in the form of competency-based learning.


About Accreditation

Accreditation ensures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. In all cases, accreditation fundamentally involves the evaluation of academic programs to verify that they are educating students according to disciplinary norms. In many cases – as with engineering licensure – graduation from an accredited program has profound impacts on the professional opportunities for students. For this reason, all ABE programs are accredited.

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Engineering Degree Programs: ABET, Inc., is the premier global accreditor of college and university programs in engineering. In the fall of 2012, both the agricultural engineering program and the biological systems engineering program successfully completed an accreditation review. A team of ABET professionals visited the ISU College of Engineering and the ABE department in the end of October, 2012 for on-site inspection and discovery. We submitted our self-study report in June, 2012 for their review. The report was the basis of their evaluation.

atmae_accreditation_logo_highTechnology Degree Programs: The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is recognized as a premier accreditor of technology programs in colleges, universities, and technical institutes. In the spring of 2015, our ATMAE self study report and appendix was submitted and the accreditation team visited the ISU campus. The two industrial technology (ITec) degree options and the two agricultural systems technology (AST) degree options were accredited by ATMAE in the fall of 2015. This ATMAE accreditation is valid until 2020 when the self study report and visit process begins again.