Updated List - Distance Bachelor Degrees In Electronics

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Laser100, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. Laser100

    Laser100 New Member

    Compiled By Paul R. Clark

    University of North Dakota
    PO Box 8155
    Grand Forks ND
    Toll Free 1-877-450-1842
    Fax 701-777-6441

    Accreditation: Regional and ABET

    Iowa State University College of Engineering
    Engineering Distance Education
    2273 Howe Hall,
    Suite 1364
    Tel: (515) 294-7470 /
    Fax: 294-6184
    email: [email protected]


    Accreditation: Regional and ABET

    University of North Carolina
    Office of Distance Education
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    9201 University City Blvd
    Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
    Call toll free: 1-877-583-2966


    Accreditation: Regional and ABET/TAC

    Indiana State University
    200 North Seventh Street, Terre Haute,
    Indiana, USA 47809-9989

    Accreditation: Regional and (NAIT) National Association of Industrial Technology

    Excelsior College
    7 Columbia Circle
    Albany, NY 12203-5159
    Call toll free: 888-647-2388

    Accreditation: Regional and TAC / ABET

    Thomas Edison State College
    101 W. State St. • Trenton, NJ 08608-1176
    Phone: 1-888-442-8372 (toll-free)

    Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

    Cleveland Institute of Electronics / World College
    1776 East 17th Street
    Cleveland Ohio 44114
    Phone (800)-CIE-OHIO (243-6446)

    Accreditation: DETC / The Distance Education and Training Council

    Grantham College of Engineering
    34641 Grantham College Road,
    Slidell, LA 70460
    Toll free inside the U.S: 1-800-955-2527

    Accreditation: DETC / The Distance Education and Training Council

    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Online Learning
    91 Lomb Memorial Drive
    Rochester, NY 14623-5603

    Phone: 1.800.CALL.RIT (Voice/TTY)


    Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

    Old Dominion University

    Department of Engineering Technology
    Old Dominion University
    214 Kaufman Hall
    Norfolk, VA 23529-0243


    Accreditation: Regional / ABET

    California National University
    8550 Balboa Blvd.
    Suite 210
    Northridge, CA
    Phone: 800-782-2422


    Accreditation: DETC / The Distance Education and Training Council

    When choosing a college it is important to consider the direction you may want to pursue after you graduate. If you wish to become a Professional Engineer it will be important to choose an educational program that is ABET accredited. The ABET accreditation is currently the only accepted accreditation by the NCEES. The NCEES is the private body of combined state government regulators which provides engineering licensing criteria primarily used in civil service jobs.

    However, a second route is possible to become a PE with a Bachelors of Science in a related field. This requires a longer experience base and some additional course work. If you plan to go this route choose a good regionally accredited program.

    The DETC engineering degree is not intended for the student wishing to pursue a Professional Engineering (PE) license.

    Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith, use on your own accord.
  2. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    Do you know how, or if, non-U.S. degrees fit in? I was before looking at this via Jonnie's site.
  3. Laser100

    Laser100 New Member

    Foreign Engineer

    The United States does not formally recognize Engineering "Technology" degrees from foreign countries.
    The United State participates in the Washington Accord mutual recognition program. The Washington Accord addresses Engineering at the four year level which is considered to be a PE in the US, and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. Currently, the US has not signed the Sydney Accord which is the mutual recognition of programs at the three year academic level. The three year program is better known as the Engineering Technologist.

    An Engineering Technologist from a foreign institution is theoretically unrecognized through the accord programs. However, that does not mean it will be useless or unusable in the United States. Canada and Mexico have unique agreements with the United States and allow Engineering Technologist from these countries to work in the US under the NAFTA program. Many Sydney Accord programs can be transferred into the Canadian system. US Corporations that are international in focus also can recognize the foreign Engineering Technologist for employment because their work is global.

    The Sydney Accord Engineering Technologist could prove he or she is at equal level with the American ABET/TAC. This could be accomplished by using the document provided by the National Science Foundation and The US Department of Education's Comparative Database, "Mapping the World of Education." Also, foreign credit evaluators can determine the equivalence of the education in Engineering Technology.

    I cannot speak for the NCEES, but I would be very surprised if they did not attach some value to the Sydney Accord Engineering Technologist. My guess is they would view this as equivalent to the American (ABET/TAC) Engineering Technologist and supplement the program with minor calculus study requirements when an individual is pursuing a PE License. I know of no one who has formally pursued this route and would be interested in knowing how the NCEES would handle it. I believe it is just a matter of time for the United States to cooperate and sign the Sydney Accord due to pressures from UNESCO.

    Disclaimer: This information is provide in good faith, use on your own accord.


    Paul Clark
  4. ashton

    ashton New Member

    Re: Foreign Engineer

    For one thing, professional licensure is usually not necessary for engineers who specialize in electronics, although it is often necessary for those who specialize in electric power. Also, NCEES only provides recommendations for the state boards of engineering, because licensure of professionals is a state function, not a federal function. Whether a person with a foreign engineering technology degree would be eligible for licensure would depend on the rules for a state, and how the engineering board for that state interprets the rules.

    Gerry Ashton PE (Vermont)
  5. Laser100

    Laser100 New Member

    PE License

    I have asked several people in the field of electronics including my corporate manager about the issue. I work at a leading firm in the aerospace industry. My corporate manager is indicating that the PE is nice to have but not necessary in the electronics field.

    In fact, we have no PE's in our organization. This might influence a student in their decision in making a choice of schools. Distance education maybe a key factor in a schools selection. ABET is not friendly to this ideology.

    NAIT and ABET are equally recognized by CHEA. They were both recognized by the US Department of Education before the government chose a non-influential role with the endorsement of accreditation bodies.

    Let me be frank about the differences in these programs. In my review of the ABET and NAIT academic curriculum between ISU and UNC, I have found very little difference in the focus of the programs. The programs use the same titles and structure in the focus of each degree. This is not necessarily the same, but it does support the programs have significant common ground.

    Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith use on your own accord.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 3, 2004
  6. Klink

    Klink New Member

    Iowa State's program is discontinued.
  7. Laser100

    Laser100 New Member

    Iowa State University

    I found this on the Iowa State University website:

    "At this time, the BSEE program is available only to students living inside the state of Iowa. Admission to the BSEE program cannot be granted to non-Iowa residents at this time. We may be able to make special arrangements to deliver some of the courses in the program to students living outside of the state, but not all of them. Please contact EDE at [email protected] for more information."

    Where did you here that they closed?

    Most people don't know these program are avaliable. To many websites claim to be real distance education programs but are not.

    Indiana State University is still going.
  8. gmanmikey

    gmanmikey New Member

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