Accreditation

The Portland State undergraduate CS program is fully accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050,Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, phone 410-347-7700.

Accreditation certifies that a program meets or exceeds the minimum criteria for quality education, ensuring a quality educational experience for students. 

 

Accreditation has two advantages for students:

  1. Accreditation is a form of quality control. CAC sets minimum standards for every aspect of a degree program. They periodically send an evaluation team to examine everything from the degree requirements (which are stiffer than average, at their insistence) to the way classes are conducted and graded. They interview students, staff, and faculty. They examine facilities. A program is accredited only if everything is up to par.

  2. The real market value of the B.S. in CS increases. Some companies (particularly those accustomed to hiring engineers) pay better starting salaries if the employee comes from an accredited degree program. They may give better job titles as well.