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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
NEWS RELEASE
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UW-Eau Claire’s Computer Science
Program Receives Accreditation
MAILED: Sept. 10, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s computer science program has received accreditation from the Computer Science Accreditation Commission, making it the only CSAC accredited baccalaureate computer science program in Wisconsin.
         “CSAC accreditation is a huge feather in our cap, and we’re very honored to be recognized for our strong program,” said Dr. Andrew Phillips, chair of the computer science department. “This recognition will reassure both students and employers of the high quality of computer science education we offer. It serves as a nationally acknowledged validation of the quality of our curriculum, faculty and facilities.”
         There are 171 colleges and universities nationwide that have achieved CSAC accreditation for their degree program in computer science. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are approximately 1,100 U.S. institutions offering baccalaureate degree programs in the area of computer and information science.
         CSAC is part of the Computer Sciences Accreditation Board, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Their accreditation process is intended to identify quality postsecondary baccalaureate programs that successfully prepare students for entry into the computer science profession, Phillips said.
         To achieve accreditation, the computer science program must satisfy a set of standards relating to curriculum, faculty resources, computing facilities and institutional support.
         A team of three computer science professionals independently selected and appointed by CSAC visited the UW-Eau Claire campus last fall to review the program. Their analysis combined with an in-depth self-study provided by the department of computer science formed the basis for the accreditation action taken in July.
         UW-Eau Claire was among three programs nationwide considered for first-time accreditation this past year. “First-time programs are always assigned a demanding and experienced review team of computing professionals who make an extraordinary effort to ask the right questions and provide a thorough investigation of all aspects of the program,” Phillips said. “The accreditation process is very exhausting, and we worked very hard to be successful. I’m really pleased that our efforts paid off.”
         UW-Eau Claire’s strengths, as noted by reviewers, include the computer science program’s outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and a strong, supportive and proactive administration. The reviewers also noted that employers have a high regard for the combination of a strong technical computing education supplemented by a broad liberal arts foundation.
         Accreditation is extremely important to computer science programs because it serves as a benchmark for comparing programs nationwide, said Phillips, noting that CSAC accreditation is one means for evaluating the merits of the computer science education offered by a college or university.
         “The accreditation process began over a year and a half ago. It took teamwork by our faculty and staff and significant support from both our students and university administration,” Phillips said. “And, the job isn’t done,” he added, “since we intend to continue to move forward and stay accredited in the future.”
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Updated: Sept. 10, 2001