LOGO: ABETThe ISAT program is accredited by ABET in applied science.  ABET accreditation is a significant achievement for ISAT.  The accreditation ensures that our program meets high educational quality standards and demonstrates our commitment to the continuous improvement of the quality of our program – both now and in the future.
Our accreditation is important to all constituents we serve.  It means that:

  • Our students are ready to pursue their professional career when they graduate.
  • Employers can recruit graduates they know are well prepared.
  • The parents can be sure that their time and money are well spent on the education their sons and daughters.
  • Licensure, certification, and registration boards know that our graduates are being prepared.
  • Graduate schools recognize our graduates as having the skills and attributes required for admission.
  • Our institution supports our program and provides the resources needed to sustain it.

When you choose an accredited program such as ISAT, you are choosing wisely. Accreditation assures that ISAT has met educational quality standards set by the applied science profession.  To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for launching a professional career.  In fact, many of these groups require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification.  ABET accreditation is an important indicator of the program’s commitment to quality and may be a key to your successful professional future.

Accreditation Assures Program Quality and Continuous Improvement

The faculty and students of the ISAT program are committed to the continuous process of self-examination to ensure that we are meeting the highest standards of rigor and relevance in our pursuit of educational excellence.  In its self-examination process, the program has been using a two-loop evaluation process.  The two loops represent complementary quality assurance and improvement processes.  The right loop deals with the assessment of Program Outcomes through the curriculum delivered and what the students learn, according to established metrics and criteria.  The assessment should indicate to what degree the program is achieving its educational mission and program goals and objectives.  The left loop represents the continuous process for establishing and improving the educational objectives, outcome metrics, and evaluation methods incorporating feedback and results from outcome-based assessment that occurs in the right loop.

Program Educational Objectives

ISAT graduates are expected to demonstrate the following competencies within a few years after graduation:

  • Work effectively in teams with technical experts, business and policy leaders, managers, and others to solve multidimensional problems in science and technology.
  • Acquire new skills and knowledge, sharpen critical thinking abilities, and pursue opportunities for professional development and growth.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with coworkers and stakeholders, as well as others within and external to their organizations.
  • Incorporate political, social, and ethical concerns and contexts when evaluating and developing solutions to science and technology problems.
Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes describe the knowledge, skills, and behavior that ISAT students are able to demonstrate upon graduation.  These Learning Outcomes prepare graduates to achieve the Program Educational Objectives listed above within a few years of graduation.  The Student Outcomes or the BS ISAT Program are:

  • ISAT graduates apply and integrate concepts in mathematics, physical science, biological science, Earth science, and technology.
  • ISAT graduates apply sound experimental methodology.
  • ISAT graduates are familiar with the professional requirements for the acquisition and use of information and data.
  • ISAT graduates work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
  • ISAT graduates can identify, formulate, analyze, and solve technological problems and understand their societal implications.
  • ISAT graduates identify and apply the principles of ethics applied to professional careers in science and technology.
  • ISAT graduates communicate effectively on social, scientific, and technical matters.
  • ISAT graduates analyze science and technology within broader global, political, economic, and social contexts.
  • ISAT graduates are autonomous, self-directed learners who recognize the need for lifelong learning.
  • ISAT graduates use the computer as an effective problem-solving tool.
  • ISAT Graduates are integrated problem solvers who look out from the perspective of a problem and then assemble the tools and knowledge needed to solve it.
Program Enrollment and Graduation Data

All enrollment and graduation data can be found on the JMU Office of Institutional Research website.

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