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Electrical Engineering ABET Accreditation

ABET Status

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET, is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years.

The Electrical Engineering (ELEN) program at Tarleton State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

ELEN Mission

The mission of the Electrical Engineering program at Tarleton State University is to prepare the student for employment as a professional engineer in the area of Electrical or Computer Engineering or related field, or for graduate study in Engineering or related discipline.

Extensive study in math, science, and engineering gives the Electrical Engineering graduate the ability to design components, processes, and systems to meet specifications and the ability to work and communicate effectively in team-oriented, project-management-driven environments. The curriculum is very hands-on and application oriented, using modern analytical tools and techniques to connect theory to practice. It provides both breadth and depth in topics including digital systems, electronics, signal processing and control systems. Additional studies in ethics assure that the graduate understands engineers' special responsibilities to protect the health and well being of the general public.

The mission of the ELEN program aligns with the mission of the College of Science and Technology, as well as the mission of Tarleton State University.

ELEN Program Educational Objectives

Program objectives, as defined by ABET, are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments the program is preparing graduates to achieve, i.e. what we expect the graduates to be doing in the first few years after graduation.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the Electrical Engineering program were developed based upon the needs of our constituents to meet the knowledge, skills and values desired in both industry and graduate school. These PEOs are aligned with the mission of the university, the college, and the program. The Electrical Engineering PEOs are as follows:

  • DEPTH AND BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE: the graduate demonstrates a depth and breadth of knowledge and skills and are able to synthesize that knowledge for the practice of, or for advanced study in, Electrical Engineering.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: graduates work and communicate effectively in team-oriented, project-management-driven environments, uphold ethical standards and participate in professional development.
  • LEADERSHIP AND LIFELONG LEARNING: graduates take on leadership roles, advance in their careers and demonstrate an attitude of lifelong learning.

Strategies to prepare graduates to achieve the PEOs include modeling of these behaviors by faculty, facilitation preparation and requiring students to take the FE exam, and providing opportunities for interactions with industry professionals and graduate program representatives. Evidence to support achievement includes FE and PE performance and maintaining contact with program alumni through social media and Tarleton's alumni association.

ELEN Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes support the program educational objectives and achievement of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

The Student Outcomes for the Electrical Engineering program are defined as the ABET Criterion 3.1-7 Outcomes. Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • 3.1: identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • 3.2: 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.
  • 3.3: communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • 3.4: 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.
  • 3.5: function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • 3.6: develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • 3.7: acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Annual Student Enrollment

Electrical Engineering Count by Major Data
Fall 2014 0
Fall 2015 30
Fall 2016 52
Fall 2017 53
Fall 2018 52

*First year of program; some students were in progress via the former version of the ENPH program.

Graduation Data

*First program graduate - Fall 2015
Electrical Engineering Graduation Data
2015-2016 2
2016-2017 3
2017-2018 6