Accreditation

Wentworth Institute of Technology is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.

Accreditation of an institution by NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for assessment of institutional quality, periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college 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 NEASC is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality 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 status of an institution’s accreditation by NEASC should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact the association directly:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
781-271-0022

Wentworth is also 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.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

College of Arts and Sciences

Wentworth Institute of Technology has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by 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

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Facilities Planning & Management (BFPM) is an International Facility Management Association (IFMA) accredited program.

College of Architecture, Design and Construction Management

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 of 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’s Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: a One- Year Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree + 36 graduate credits, for internal candidates) and a Two-Year Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree from a NAAB accredited school + 70 graduate credits, for external candidates).

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2018.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Construction Management (BSCM) is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

The Bachelor of Science professional degree program in Interior Design (BINT) is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Industrial Design (BIND) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

College of Engineering and Technology

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.

For more information on the accreditation of individual degree programs, please contact the academic department offering the program, or contact the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology or the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology at:

415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700

College of Professional and Continuing Education

The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Building Construction Management (ABCM) is in Candidate status for accreditation with The American Council for Construction Education, ACCE.

Wentworth Institute of Technology has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by IACBE:

  • Bachelor Degree of Science in Project Management

THE WENTWORTH MODEL

DAY PROGRAMS

Wentworth’s curricular model has been structured to:

  • allow students to directly enter a baccalaureate degree program from high school and
  • allow transfer from another institution of higher learning with the possibility of receiving advanced standing credit

At the end of their sophomore year, day baccalaureate students have the opportunity to participate in Wentworth’s optional pre-cooperative work semester prior to entering their junior year. The cooperative education model, in which students complete two co-op work semesters along with their academic degree requirements, is both a Wentworth tradition and a graduation requirement.

In order to fulfill its mission, Wentworth has established the following Student Learning Goals expected of every graduate. These Learning Goals are reinforced in the classroom, laboratory and studio, and in cooperative education experiences and co-curricular opportunities. To this end we expect that all graduates of Wentworth be able to:

  • locate information and evaluate it critically for its appropriateness and validity
  • communicate effectively in written, spoken and visual formats
  • acquire and use analytical tools and skills for evaluating information and solving problems.
  • identify the traits of good leadership
  • acquire and use the skills needed for effective teamwork
  • recognize and apply concepts of ethical behavior to personal and public issues
  • explain the sustainable use of human, physical, and economic resources
  • recognize and identify historical and contemporary societal and global issues

To insure that the student learning goals are being achieved the Institute has developed a curricular structure which incorporates a core of general studies. In accordance with Wentworth’s academic mission baccalaureate students in day programs are required to take, at minimum, one course in basic mathematics, one laboratory science, three communication courses (English I, English II, and advanced writing), five courses in the areas of humanities and social sciences, an introduction to major/ profession seminar, and a capstone requirement. The capstone requirement; Independent Study, Directed Studies, Design, Project Course, for graduating seniors and fifth-year students provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency in innovative problem-solving situations and proficiency in analytical writing and presentation skills. Team and/or interdisciplinary projects, with clearly defined individual responsibilities, are encouraged.

Within this framework the day baccalaureate curricular structure for four and five year programs mandates that courses will not exceed five per semester and will be at least fourteen (14) credits, but no more than nineteen (19) credits per semester. Academic credit will be based on the current academic semesters (14 weeks of classes and one week of exams) with one (1) hour of lecture or recitation equal to one (1) credit and two (2) hours of laboratory or studio work equal to one (1) credit.

2014-2015 PROGRAMS OF INSTRUCTION

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

DEGREE

ABBREVIATION

Applied Mathematics

B.S.

BSAM

Architecture

B.S.

BSA

Architecture

M. Arch.

MARC

Biomedical Engineering

B.S.

BSME

Business Management

B.S.

BSM

Civil Engineering

B.S.

BSCE

Computer Engineering

B.S.

BSCO

Computer Engineering Technology

B.S.

BCOT

Computer Information Systems

B.S.

BSIS

Computer Networking

B.S.

BSCN

Computer Science

B.S.

BCOS

Construction Management

B.S.

BSCM

Construction Management

M.S.

MSCM

Electrical Engineering

B.S.

BSEE

Electromechanical Engineering

B.S.

BELM

Electronic Engineering Technology

B.S.

BEET

Engineering

B.S.

BSEN

Engineering Technology

B.S.

BEN

Facility Planning & Management

B.S.

BFPM

Facility Management

M.S.

MSFM

Industrial Design

B.S.

BIND

Interior Design

B.S.

BINT

Mechanical Engineering

B.S.

BSME

Technical Communications

P. Cert.

PCC

Key: M. Arch. = Master of Architecture M.S. = Master of Science

B.S. = Bachelor of Science P. Cert. = Professional Certificate

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION

The curriculum model for the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) is structured to:

  • provide access directly into either a bachelor or associate degree program based on the student’s previous academic preparation and educational and career needs
  • provide access to preparatory courses prior to beginning an associate or baccalaureate degree program
  • provide learning opportunities in the evening and on Saturday for those adult learners who are currently working and seeking career advancement, planning to change careers, interested in beginning a technological career, or considering graduate studies at a later time
  • provide the prerequisite learning, knowledge, and technical problem-solving skills necessary to be competitive in a technological and business environment and for continuous learning throughout their careers

In accordance with Wentworth’s curricular structure, all students are expected to satisfy specific learning and competency outcomes. These outcomes are designed to be an integral part of the student’s overall program of studies. The learning goals include:

  • locate information and evaluate it critically for its appropriateness and validity
  • communicate effectively in written, spoken and visual formats
  • acquire and use analytical tools and skills for evaluating information and solving problems.
  • identify the traits of good leadership
  • acquire and use the skills needed for effective teamwork
  • recognize and apply concepts of ethical behavior to personal and public issues
  • explain the sustainable use of human, physical, and economic resources
  • recognize and identify historical and contemporary societal and global issues

As part of the learning process students are expected to sequentially develop these skills along a continuum which emphasizes awareness, understanding, and competency.

To ensure that learning outcomes are achieved, the Institute has developed a curricular structure which incorporates a core of general studies. In accordance with these general study guidelines students are required to take, at minimum for an associate degree: two mathematics courses, one laboratory science, one computer literacy course, two communication courses, one humanities or social science elective, and ten prescribed courses related to their discipline. To receive a baccalaureate degree, in addition to completing the associate degree requirements, students must complete the following required courses at the baccalaureate level: one mathematics course, one course in professional communication, three courses in the area of humanities and social sciences, one general elective course, one course in engineering economy, one course in professional practice, nine prescribed courses related to their discipline, and a capstone course. This capstone requirement for graduating seniors provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency in problem-solving situations, proficiency in analytical writing, and presentation skills. Team and/or interdisciplinary projects, with clearly defined individual responsibilities, are encouraged.

Within this framework of general studies the curricular structure has been designed to permit students to take two courses per semester to enable them to complete their graduation requirements in a timely way. Academic credit will be based on the current academic semesters (14 weeks of classes and one week of exams) with one credit equal to either one (1) contact hour of lecture or two (2) contact hours of lab.

2014-2015 PROGRAMS OF INSTRUCTION

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

DEGREE

ABBREVIATION

Architectural Technology

A.A.S.

AAT

Building Construction Management

A.A.S.

ABCM

Building Construction Management

B.S.

BBCM

Construction Management

M.S.

MSCM

Electronic Technology

A.A.S.

AELT

Engineering Technology

B.S.

BENT

Facility Management

M.S.

MSFM

Project Management

B.S.

BPM

Technology Management

M.S.

MSTM

Key: A.A.S. = Associate in Applied Science B.S. = Bachelor of Science

M.S. = Master of Science

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