Mechanical engineering program receives accreditation

— The Baker College of Flint bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

“ABET accreditation is a great achievement for Baker College of Flint, and is another positive step in our ‘Campus Plan’ effort to ensure that all of our programs are best practice examples,” said Julianne T. Princinsky, Ed.D., Baker College of Flint president. “Sincere congratulations to dean Jim Riddell, engineering department chair Dr. Anca Sala, and the rest of the Baker faculty and staff, who through their teamwork and perseverance, made this happen.”

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, academe, and private practice within the ABET disciplines, 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 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 at reaching those goals and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure and certification boards to screen applicants.

For more information about the accredited mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree program at Baker College of Flint, contact Jodi Cuneaz at
or call the Baker College of Flint admissions office at 810- 766-4000. — Natalie Blythe

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