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NEASC Accreditation

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Phone: (781) 271-0022, cihe@neasc.org

ABET Accreditation

Olin College's three degree programs-electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering-are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Goals

Olin's degree programs are designed to meet the relevant ABET Program Criteria.  The program educational objectives for all majors are:

  1. Graduates strengthen the teams and communities they are part of by cultivating collaboration, effective communication, and leadership.
  2. Graduates apply a multi-disciplinary engineering approach to solving important technical and societal challenges.
  3. Graduates create value for society through entrepreneurial and design thinking that transforms needs and opportunities into systems, products, and solutions.
  4. Graduates adaptively and independently extend their learning to excel in fields about which they are passionate.

Learning Outcomes 

In addition to the four goals above, Olin has established nine competencies in which students are expected to be proficient upon graduation.  The competencies are:

QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS. Olin graduates will be able to analyze and to solve problems qualitatively in engineering and in other disciplines. In particular, students will be able to:
Use appropriate tools of the profession to conduct qualitative analysis;
Use science, math, and engineering concepts to conduct qualitative analysis; and
Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems in a qualitative manner.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS. Olin graduates will be able to analyze and to solve problems quantitatively in engineering and in other disciplines. In particular, students will be able to:
Use appropriate tools of the profession to conduct quantitative analysis;
Use science, math, and engineering concepts to conduct quantitative analysis; and
Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems in a quantitative manner.

TEAMWORK. Olin graduates will be able to contribute effectively in a variety of roles on teams, including multi-disciplinary teams.

COMMUNICATION. Olin graduates will be able to convey information and ideas effectively, to a variety of audiences, using written, oral, and visual and graphical communication.

LIFE-LONG LEARNING. Olin graduates will be able to identify and to address their own educational needs in a changing world.

CONTEXTUAL AWARENESS. Olin graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, professional, business, social, and cultural contexts of engineering. In particular, students will be able to:
Demonstrate the benefits of a broad education, an appreciation for contemporary issues, and an ability to connect these topics to their work as engineers; and
Articulate their professional and ethical responsibilities.

DESIGN. Olin graduates will be able to develop creative, effective designs that solve real problems. In particular, they will be able to:
Develop designs of products, systems, or processes that respond to authentic needs;
Take into account the social, economic, or environmental constraints on the design; and
Consider the potential social, economic, or environmental impact of the design.

DIAGNOSIS. Olin graduates will be able to identify and resolve problems within complex systems. In particular, students will be able to:
Develop hypotheses;
Design and conduct experiments to test hypotheses; and
Analyze and interpret the results of these experiments.

OPPORTUNITY ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT. Olin graduates will be able to identify opportunities, to predict challenges and costs associated with the pursuit of opportunities, and to muster resources in response to opportunities.

Student Enrollment and Graduation

  Enrollment (Spring 2016) Graduates (Spring 2016) Six Year Graduation Rate (Spring 2016)
Electrical and Computer Engineering 76 31 100%
Engineering 70 24 88%
Mechanical Engineering 57 23 100%