UT’s MIS Degree Program Receives Prestigious ABET Accreditation

Published: Aug 24, 2011
The University of Tampa’s bachelor’s degree program in management information systems (MIS) was recently accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET is the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.

According to Frank Ghannadian, dean of the Sykes College of Business, ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

“UT joins a select group of 33 nationwide universities with information systems program accreditation from ABET,” Ghannadian said. “This recognition is the culmination of a several years of preparation and work by our entire team.”

UT launched an updated MIS curriculum in the fall semester of 2010 that integrates ongoing changes in the field of information systems and provides students with hands-on experience in a wide array of contemporary computing technologies provided through alliance programs with the SAP, Microsoft and IBM corporations.

Harold Webb, chair of the Information and Technology Management (ITM) Department, said the guidance provided by the business executives serving on the MIS advisory board, as well as the diligent efforts of our faculty, administration, staff and students, was critical in the accreditation process.

ABET accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations, conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe and private practice within the ABET disciplines, focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support and other important areas.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

For more information about UT’s bachelor’s degree program in MIS visit www.ut.edu/businessdegrees/itm/mis/.