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NECHE Accreditation

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Commission 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 NECHE 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 NECHE should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

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

* Please note: NECHE was formerly the Commission on Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

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.

The Olin Learning Outcomes 

Olin College of Engineering is committed to preparing graduates who recognize the complexity of the world, appreciate the relationship of their work to individuals, to society and to sustainability, expect to work in diverse and inclusive environments, and are ready to engineer a better future for the world. What follows are the learning outcomes Olin intends to instill in graduates and represents a vision of the key abilities, skills, and mindsets necessary for success, both in the engineering field and beyond. The vision has been constructed through careful research and consideration into engineering practice and competencies necessary to approach emerging technical, environmental, and societal challenges in a global context. Through intentional educational design, the Olin community supports the development of graduates who:

Develop and Apply Knowledge, Skills, Approaches and Methods

Students build the appropriate breadth and depth of content, techniques, and methodologies from diverse fields in order to systematically and appropriately design experiments, gather data, model, analyze, and/or draw conclusions.

Think Critically

Students engage in analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and applying diverse information and experiences to support decision-making, attitude formation, action, and expression.

Develop and Apply Creativity

Students generate novel ideas and approaches, taking into account authentic constraints, that lead to innovative outcomes.

Prioritize Doing Good in the World

Students use a holistic approach that integrates diverse backgrounds, perspectives, ethics, beliefs, and values, and considers the individual, social, and environmental impacts of their decisions to produce positive transformations while minimizing unintended consequences.

Develop and Apply Self-Directed Learning Abilities

Students diagnose learning needs, set learning goals, identify learning resources, select and implement learning strategies, and self-evaluate and reflect on learning outcomes.

Collaborate Successfully

Students create and maintain successful working relationships, maintain accountability for contributions, and identify and resolve interpersonal teaming conflicts to achieve a common goal.

Design and Implement Processes to Achieve Desired Outcomes

Students scope, plan, and implement projects, continuously evaluate progress, navigate uncertainty and adversity, and iterate as needed.

Communicate Effectively

Students express meaning successfully through oral, written, and visual media and listen actively to comprehend the meaning of others.

Develop Personal and Professional Identity

Students actively reflect on their backgrounds and experiences and integrate them into their evolving sense of self.

In keeping with Olin's institutional value of continuous improvement, learning outcomes are viewed as fluid.  They are reviewed and revised periodically.

 

Student Enrollment and Graduation

  Enrollment (Spring 2018) Graduates (Spring 2018) Six Year Graduation Rate (Spring 2018)
Electrical and Computer Engineering 56 18 94%
Engineering 109 44 93%
Mechanical Engineering 74 24 100%

 

For questions about Olin's accreditation, please contact Institutional Research & Decision Support.