WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
Accreditation is the public recognition accorded a program that meets established qualifications and educational standards through initial and subsequent periodical evaluations by peer reviewers. It concerns itself with both quality assurance and continuous improvement, and is distinguished from certification or licensure, which apply to individuals.
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WHY BECOME ACCREDITED?
Accreditation requires evaluation against a set of standards to measure accomplishment of program goals and objectives, promotion of academic integrity, and incorporation of proper methods of assessment. In the application of these standards, absolute conformity in every detail is not required. Variations are to be expected and superiority in certain qualities may compensate, at least in part, for deficiencies in others. For example, many programs do exceed ATMAE standards in one or more of the various elements comprising accreditation. In technology programs, as in American education generally, there is diversity. We recognize that within this diversity is potential strength. The accreditation process, therefore, seeks to maximize potential strengths while assuring basic expectations for quality technology education.
Overall, accreditation of professional degree programs provides the basis for quality assurance. In doing so, the accreditation process serves multiple constituencies:
For the Public: Accreditation assures conformity to general expectations of the profession and identification of colleges, schools and departments of technology which have explicitly undertaken activities directed at improving the quality of their professional programs and are carrying them out successfully. Accreditation also assures continuous improvement in the programs available to the general public through the assessment of program requirements against current knowledge and practice.
For Current and Prospective Students: Accreditation assists in the transfer of credits among institutions and provides an assurance that a program has been found to provide satisfactory educational preparation for licensure and practice.
For Institutions of Higher Education: Accreditation provides a framework for self-evaluation and improvement as well as an opportunity for external review. Accreditation also provides a basis for the decision-making of private and public agencies, including the Department of Education, in the awarding of grants and loans.
For the Profession: Accreditation provides a means for practitioner participation in establishing requirements for preparation to enter the profession.
For Industry: Accreditation ensures that every graduate will have attained a recognized skill level and set of competencies.
WHY CHOOSE ATMAE ACCREDITATION?
ATMAE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the specialized accreditor for “Associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs in technology, applied technology, engineering technology, and technology-related disciplines delivered by national or regional accredited institution in the United States. (2011)”
ATMAE has been accrediting technology degree programs since 1974. There are now hundreds of degree programs accredited by ATMAE in colleges and universities in twenty-seven states.
ATMAE's accreditation program includes pre-accreditation workshops and consultant assistance that can help prepare your institution for a successful accreditation process. We emphasize continuous improvement and offer support along the way.
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WHAT DOES ATMAE ACCREDIT?
Industrial Technology, Technology Management, Engineering Technology and Applied Engineering are fields of study designed to prepare technical and/or management oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government. They are primarily involved with the installation, management, operation, and maintenance of complex technological systems.
ATMAE-accredited technology degree programs are very diverse in content. They include Aviation Technical Management, Computer & Network Support Technology, Construction Management, Environmental Technology Management, Graphic Information Technology, Industrial Technology Management, Robotics & Manufacturing Systems, Safety Management, Visual Communication Technology, Architectural Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and dozens of others.
"I am sure that a Technology Graduate is the most versatile product being developed. We are the total package."
Cornelius "C.C." Lamberth, Jr.
Owner, CoMor Corporation
Greensboro, North Carolina
HOW DOES A PROGRAM BECOME AN ATMAE ACCREDITED PROGRAM?
Any degree program at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master level may request ATMAE Accreditation. The process generally begins by having a program representative attend the Accreditation Self-Study Workshop offered each year at the ATMAE Annual Conference. If a program is unsure of their qualifications and readiness, they may take advantage of an ATMAE Professional Accreditation Consultant. When an institution is ready to apply for accreditation, a formal request is made of the ATMAE office.
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Visits are conducted from March 1 to May 1 of each year. Visiting teams of three reviewers generally spend 2 ½ days on site conducting comprehensive program reviews.
The ATMAE Accreditation office welcomes your inquiries. Contact us at (630) 433-4514 or by email kelly@ATMAE.org.
WHAT DOES ACCREDITATION COST?
Initial accreditation is a one-time fee, while maintenance fees are paid each year during the accreditation period. The initial accreditation period is four years and the reaccreditation period is six years. ATMAE accreditation is very cost effective because pricing is based on flat fees and not on the number of accredited programs. So budgeting is made much easier!
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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.