ACU engineering degree program receives national recognition


Abilene Christian University’s undergraduate engineering program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public. 

“We have been working toward this goal since before we even had students, so we are thrilled to have achieved this distinction for the ACU engineering program,” said Dr. Darby Hewitt, executive co-director of engineering. “We are also grateful to the ACU engineering alumni and students for their patience as we have built the program in their midst.”

The program’s other executive co-director of engineering, Dr. Tim Kennedy, said, “Earning ABET accreditation is an important step in our continued efforts in training the engineering leaders of tomorrow.” He also said, “Meeting the rigorous standards of ABET further reinforces the high quality of our engineering program, the dedication of our faculty and staff, and demonstrates to our students the relevance of their degree in the job market.” 

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities and institutional support, and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia and government with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

About ABET
ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It currently accredits almost 3,700 programs at nearly 750 colleges and universities in 30 countries. 

More information about ABET, its member societies and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at

About ACU’s engineering program
Abilene Christian University is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni make a real difference in the world. For more information about ACU’s degree program in engineering, visit