School of Engineering

ABET at WIU - Electrical Engineering

Is WIU's Electrical Engineering Program ABET Accredited?

Not yet. The program must graduate one person first before the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) will inspect the program. ABET accredits individual programs, not schools, colleges, or universities. FY 2021 is our Self-Study year and first graduates are expected in May of 2021. The ABET team will be requested to inspect the program under which these students graduated in the Fall of 2021. If accredited, the announcement will come in September 2022 and if granted, will be retroactive to Fall 2020 for anyone who graduated from that time forward. That’s how it works.

Why ABET?

From the ABET Website: “Accreditation is an assurance that the professionals that serve us have a solid educational foundation and are capable of leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and in anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public. When a program becomes ABET-accredited, it means that it has received international recognition of its quality, promotes "best practices" in education, and directly involves faculty and staff in self-assessment and continuous quality improvement processes”.

What are the ABET requirements for an Electrical Engineering Program?

The curriculum requirements for any ABET accredited program are, in general: 1) satisfy the General Education requirements of the institution (WIU); 2) complete one year of Math and Science appropriate to the engineering degree; 3) complete a year and a half of Engineering Courses; and 4) complete the requirements for a bachelor degree. In addition to these general requirements, Electrical Engineering Programs have the additional requirement "IEEE Mandated Program Criteria: The curriculum must include probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to the program name; mathematics through differential and integral calculus; sciences (defined as biological, chemical, or physical science); and engineering topics (including computing science) necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components. The program must include advanced mathematics, such as differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics."

ABET Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives describe career and professional accomplishments within 3-5 years following graduation.

  1. Create: Graduates are expected to be able to analyze problems and create and improve innovative designs/systems that are based on sound engineering principles and that consider functionality, cost effectiveness, sustainability, safety, aesthetics, and satisfy the requirements of a customer.
  2. Communicate: Graduates are expected to use modern technology and design tools, work effectively as individuals and in teams, and clearly and effectively communicate ideas in written, oral, and graphical form.
  3. Continue to Learn: Graduates are expected to engage in lifelong learning through professional work or study to maintain an appropriate level of expertise and remain current in their chosen profession.
  4. Community: Graduates are expected to contribute their time and talents to improve their communities. Graduates serve as a team member or as a team leader and use the principles of ethical leadership, both in their chosen profession and in other activities.
Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes for the Engineering Program are those skills and knowledge graduates should have on the day of graduation.

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

IEEE Learning Objective: IEEE Mandated Program Criteria:

The curriculum must include probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to the program name; mathematics through differential and integral calculus; sciences (defined as biological, chemical, or physical science); and engineering topics (including computing science) necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components. The program must include advanced mathematics, such as differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics.

Electrical Engineering Program Enrollment and Degrees Conferred

Fiscal Year (Fall) Enrollment Degrees Conferred
2020 3 0
2021 19  3

*Program started 2020

Full information on the enrollment by year, students graduated, and many other details of the School of Engineering can be found within WIU's Institutional Research and Planning Factbooks.