Wayne State College

Industrial Technology Programs Earn National Accreditation

Published Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

WSC has received accreditation by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering.

Wayne State proudly announces the accreditation of its industrial technology programs by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) on Nov. 9. WSC’s industrial technology program includes concentrations in construction management, manufacturing management, drafting and design, and safety management.

“The process of accreditation was rigorous and included faculty, administration, students, and industry partners,” said Dr. Anne Power, Dean of the School of Business and Technology. “Accreditation benefits our students and future students by ensuring that our Industrial Technology program meets national quality standards in industrial technology, technology management, and applied engineering.”

Overall, accreditation of professional degree programs provides the basis for quality assurance. In doing so, the accreditation process serves multiple constituencies:

  • For the Public: Accreditation assures conformity to general expectations of the profession and identification of colleges, schools and departments of technology that have explicitly undertaken activities directed at improving the quality of their professional programs and are carrying them out successfully. Accreditation also assures continuous improvement in the programs available to the general public through the assessment of program requirements against current knowledge and practice.
  • For Current and Prospective Students: Accreditation assists in the transfer of credits among institutions and provides an assurance that a program has been found to provide satisfactory educational preparation for licensure and practice.

ATMAE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the specialized accreditor for “associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs in technology, applied technology, engineering technology, and technology-related disciplines delivered by national or regional accredited institution in the United States.” ATMAE has been accrediting technology degree programs since 1974. There are now hundreds of degree programs accredited by ATMAE in colleges and universities in twenty-seven states.

Industrial technology, technology management, engineering technology, and applied engineering are fields of study designed to prepare technical and/or management-oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government. They are primarily involved with the installation, management, operation, and maintenance of complex technological systems.

For information: Dan Mitchell, chair of the Technology and Applied Sciences Department, at 402-375-7424, or [email protected]