ABOUT ATMAE ACCREDITATION
The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is a specialized accreditor for technology, management 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 180 Baccalaureate-level programs (76 program only; 104 program/options) in 58 institutions, a total of 273 Associate-level programs (180 program only; 93 program/options) in 49 institutions, and 13 Master-level programs (5 program only; 8 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.
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: