Accreditation of an institution or program is a non-government, non-profit, self-regulatory, peer review process based on rigorous standards. Institutions and programs are evaluated on how well they meet or exceed these standards, in light or their missions. Accredited institutions and programs have shown that they have available the necessary resources to achieve their missions, are doing so, and give evidence that they will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.
Because accreditation is a process of self-regulation, it requires that institutions engage periodically in a comprehensive and candid self-study of their own strengths and weaknesses. This self-study is at the heart of accreditation, serving both external and internal purposes, i.e., quality assurance and institutional improvement through rigorous self-analysis.
Wentworth Institute of Technology is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). Founded in 1885, NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to the doctoral level in the New England states.
Wentworth’s comprehensive evaluation visit for reaccreditation was completed in Fall 2011, resulting in the self-study and accreditation reports.
Wentworth programs in Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Programs in Computer Science and Computer Networking are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The Electromechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The Master of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor or Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program(s):
- M.Arch. (pre-professional degree + 36 graduate credits)
- Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2012
The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) accredits the Construction Management program. See www.acce-hq.org for more information.
Wentworth Institute of Technology has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
- Bachelor Degree of Science in Business Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Technology Project Management
- Bachelor Degree of Science in Facility Planning and Management
- Bachelor Degree of Science in Construction Management
- Bachelor Degree of Science in Project Management
The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.
The Facilities Planning and Management program is an IFMA accredited program.
The Industrial Design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
In addition, Wentworth Institute of Technology is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Council on Education, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the National Commission for Cooperative Education.