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ABOUT ATMAE ACCREDITATION

The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is a specialized accreditor for technology and applied engineering degrees. The primary purpose of ATMAE accreditation is to encourage and recognize the attainment of certain professional goals and standards for technology and to encourage continuous quality improvement through a voluntary and comprehensive evaluation process.

ATMAE’s accreditation program, under its former name NAIT, was initially recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2002. ATMAE’s current scope of accreditation is to accredit Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s degree programs in technology, applied technology, engineering technology, and technology-related disciplines delivered at national or regional accredited institutions in the United States. ATMAE currently accredits a total of 190 Baccalaureate-level programs (76 program only; 114 program/options) in 61 institutions, a total of 265 Associate-level programs (172 program only; 93 program/options) in 48 institutions, and 16 Master-level programs (5 program only; 11 program/options) in 5 institutions. ATMAE also accredits the Ivy Tech Community College System at the state level, with review of all regions and programs offered by region.

In addition to being recognized by CHEA, ATMAE is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), which provides a collaborative forum and collective voice for the community of organizations in the United States that assess the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools. Specialized and professional accrediting organizations in the United States operate to ensure that students in educational programs receive an education consistent with standards for entry to practice or advanced practice in each of their respective fields or disciplines.

At the sole discretion of the ATMAE Board of Accreditation, initial accreditation is granted for a four-year period. Programs must submit to a comprehensive re-evaluation for reaccreditation which, at the sole discretion of the ATMAE Board of Accreditation, is granted for a six-year period. Under certain circumstances, the Board may require either a report or a visit during the accreditation period. Only programs that are accredited and reaccredited by ATMAE are permitted to use the ATMAE Accreditation logo in publications, displays and on websites according to very specific guidelines. To verify the current accreditation status of a program, please refer to the published list of Accredited Programs on our website or contact the ATMAE Accreditation Office.

 

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BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION

ATMAE accreditation provides value to many: students, industry, faculty, academic institutions, and the public, to name a few. The ATMAE Board of Accreditation, the visiting team members, and the leadership of ATMAE itself are a diverse group of volunteers who represent a variety of academic and industrial institutions. Their valued perspective provides third-party confirmation of educational program quality, recognition by the profession, and the acceptability of transfer credits that is so important to students and parents. Academic institutions look for ways to distinguish themselves in their market while remaining true to their mission. Faculty is interested in identifying educational best practices that are underpinned by structured quality improvement capabilities. Industry needs access to top talent and a formal way to provide their input to the educational process because of its direct effect on professional practice. Public trust in the educational experience needs to be upheld. ATMAE’s accreditation program meets all of these needs.

The following statements are responses taken directly from a survey of ATMAE-accredited programs:

  • "Accreditation certifies quality and denotes high academic standards to students, parents, employers, faculty, the administration, and the general public that cannot be evaluated or verified in any other way."

  • The accreditation by (ATMAE) signifies the quality of our program in relationship to other programs."

  • "Accreditation is most important to us in the area of student placement and the development and maintenance of relationships with industry in our region."

  • "The accreditation process provided us with a mechanism for the faculty to move toward a common goal which included program development and improvement."

  • "Accreditation assures the student that quality is an important part of the educational process."

  • "Accreditation has increased professional awareness and development among the faculty."

  • "Accreditation identifies the program as having met rigid standards, not only in curriculum, but also in faculty knowledge and faculty experience in the industrial field."

  • "We have noticed an improved placement record since our program was accredited by (ATMAE)."

  • "Accreditation requires that the program curriculum be current and have high standards, include all of the essential elements, and maintain a competitive edge, so graduates can find employment compatible with their abilities and the demands of industry."

  • "Accreditation has permitted our program to attain a higher degree of acceptance within our university and with the state higher education agency."

  • "Accreditation has served as a catalyst to justify and obtain greater program support from the university administration."

  • "Employers have selected the institution for recruitment because of our accredited program."

  • "Our program has received a greater level of funding from the State Board of Regents because of resource needs identified during the accreditation process."

  • "Accreditation has been very valuable in recruiting students into our Industrial Technology program."

  • "Accreditation provided us with the opportunity for a searching self-review and an external review, and it resulted in improvement in several areas of course and curriculum development, outreach, and justification for increased equipment allocations."

  • "The public is provided with a basis by which it can measure the program's integrity and credibility."

  • "Accredited programs attract the services of better faculty members to the higher education community."

  • "Accreditation guarantees the acceptability of our student's undergraduate education as a basis for advanced study."

  • "The accreditation process is one that requires us to continually review and update our program to ensure its quality."

  • "Accreditation provides for specific internal and external assessment and maintains a high degree of program integrity."

  • "The level and quality of teaching and learning in the department has been raised considerably.
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