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Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Show Cause Notification

Monmouth University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering hosted reaccreditation visits by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET),  Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) .

The ABET EAC review of the Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering resulted in the program being reaccredited. The ABET CAC review of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Advanced Computing resulted in a finding of “show cause,” related to the program name. The deficiency was based on CAC’s contention that the name of the non-ABET-accredited degree program (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Applied Computing) and that of the ABET-accredited program (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Advanced Computing) were not distinct enough to prevent confusion as to which program was ABET-accredited.

In response, the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering has initiated name changes to clearly distinguish the ABET-accredited program from the non-ABET-accredited program.

  • The non-ABET-accredited degree will become “Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science”
  • The program accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, will become “Bachelor of Science in Computer Science”.
  • No changes will be made within the degree program and the course requirements will stay as they were.
  • These name changes were approved by the Monmouth University Board of Trustees and the New Jersey President’s Council, and have been already implemented. All indications from ABET are that these name changes will be sufficient to remove the deficiency.
  • Monmouth University has also committed to revising web and print materials to clarify distinctions between the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org). Along with the new materials, a campus campaign to educate faculty, administration, advisors and students about the significance of accreditation for the B.S. in Computer Science will be undertaken.

Revised Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Questions regarding the status of Monmouth University’s ABET accreditation should be directed to:

Prof. Jamie Kretsch
Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering
jkretsch@monmouth.edu

Dr. Steven Bachrach
Dean, School of Science
sbachrac@monmouth.edu