ABET Information

Accreditation is a process through which programs are certified to meet a certain level of quality. Non-governmental (at least in the US) peers review a program and assess that program for quality. This ensures that students who graduate from the program meet accepted criteria and receive a quality education.

ABET provides a specialized accreditation process through which programs volunteer to be assessed against specific criteria for engineering, computing, applied science, or technology.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science degree programs for Computer Science and Software Engineering are accredited.


Why is Accreditation Important?

Accreditation is important because many employers use ABET as a filter when making hiring decisions. Many employers REQUIRE employees to have degrees from ABET accredited programs.

Our programs have met the quality requirements of ABET and we want our graduates to be recognized for those abilities.

Program Educational Objectives

The department of Mathematics and Computer Science has developed the following educational objectives for all graduates of our programs.

Computer Science
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a few years after graduation should:

PEO1. have moved beyond entry-level positions in their fields

PEO2. have completed or be nearing completion of advanced degrees, or otherwise be continuing their education

PEO3. have taken leadership roles in their organization or communities

PEO4. have become trusted colleagues respected for their leadership, problem solving, and communication skills

Software Engineering
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, a few years after graduation:

PEO1. will have been trusted with designing projects of increasing size and complexity, beyond entry level, by applying proper software engineering processes and tools

PEO2. will have honed their effectiveness at working in teams and other collaborative situations with multiple people of varied backgrounds across myriad levels of expertise

PEO3. will have demonstrated continuous improvement and adaptation to a constantly changing field through graduate work, professional development, acquisition of new technical proficiencies, and by embracing lifelong learning

PEO4. will have moved into leadership or advanced technical roles, become mentors to new graduates, and become exemplars of ethical, responsible software development.

Any comments, concerns, or suggestions about either set of program
educational objectives should be directed to the department chair, Jacob Somervell. (jps5a@uvawise.edu)

Student Outcomes

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has developed the following student outcomes for our students.

Computer Science
Upon graduating with a degree in Computer Science, graduates will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

Software Engineering

Upon graduating with a degree in Software Engineering, graduates will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex (software) engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Computer Science

  • 2019-2020 - 51 declared majors, 11 graduates
  • 2018-2019 - 49 declared majors, 10 graduates
  • 2017-2018 - 52 declared majors, 11 graduates
  • 2016-2017 - 53 declared majors, 7 graduates
  • 2015-2016- 48 declared majors, 14 graduates

Software Engineering

  • 2019-2020 - 23 declared majors, 7 graduates
  • 2018-2019 - 33 declared majors, 6 graduates
  • 2017-2018- 31 declared majors, 3 graduates
  • 2016-2017- 29 declared majors, 2graduates
  • 2015-2016- 20 declared majors, 4 graduates