This August 2013 our Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) Bachelor of Science program received notice of its accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET). ABET accreditation provides a trusted external assurance that our ERE B.S. program meets professional standards in student training and preparation. ABET explains how accreditation benefits our students, our program, the public, and professionals in business, industry, and government.The ERE B.S. EAC/ABET accreditation is retroactive from fall 2010, the semester the program was implemented in our Department of Environmental Resources Engineering, and it confers EAC/ABET accreditation status to all ERE B.S. degree recipients.  Graduates who received a B.S. in Forest Engineering also received an EAC/ABET accredited degree.

Recent Graduates from the ERE Department.

Recent Graduates from the ERE Department.

In 1971, the Department of Forest Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry began offering a B.S. degree in Forest Engineering. The B.S. program in Forest Engineering was first accredited by ABET in 1982. The Department has decided to only offer a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering and has received ESF, State University of New York, New York State Education Department, and ABET approval to terminate the B.S. degree in Forest Engineering in the fall of 2013, after its last cohort of students graduated in May 2013.

Since 1971, the Department name has changed twice to reflect the evolution of the Department and the discipline; in 1996 the Department name changed to Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering, and then on 1 July 2010, it changed again to its current name, Environmental Resources Engineering. The revisions to the Department name involved significant interactions with our program constituencies. The most recent change to the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering better reflects the nature of the research performed in the Department, the content of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and the career paths of a majority of our alumni. Coinciding with the 2010 name change was an extensive evaluation of the B.S. program in Forest Engineering that engaged our program constituencies. The result of this evaluation was the decision to phase out the Forest Engineering B.S. program and reshape it into the B.S. program in Environmental Resources Engineering. The ERE B.S. degree program was approved by the New York State Education Department in 2010. Our College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and all its programs, are accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Starting with the 2010-2011 academic year, continuing undergraduate students in the ERE Department had the option to complete a B.S. in Forest Engineering or a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering, both regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Starting with the 2010-2011 academic year all freshman and transfers (with degree completion after May 2013) have been enrolled in the ERE B.S. degree. The first graduates of the ERE program completed their degrees on 24 December 2010, and to reaffirm the statement above, all these and all subsequent ERE B.S. degrees are EAC/ABET accredited. Kudos to our students, alumni, friends, advisers, faculty, staff, and supporters!
Advertisements