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USMMA Receives ABET Accreditation

KINGS POINT, N.Y., Aug. 28, 2018 - The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) Bachelor of Science degree programs in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management, and Marine Engineering Systems have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. 

ABET accreditation assures that these USMMA academic 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 are very pleased with today’s ABET accreditation notification and congratulate the Marine Engineering Department on maintaining this qualification,” said Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Superintendent at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. “This well-deserved honor for our Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management, and Marine Engineering Systems programs ensures USMMA engineering graduates continue to set high standards in these critical maritime disciplines.”

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.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It currently accredits over 3,800 programs at over 750 colleges and universities in 31 countries.

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

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, N.Y, educates and graduates leaders of exemplary character who are inspired to serve the national security, marine transportation, and economic needs of the United States as licensed Merchant Marine Officers and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Merchant Marine Academy. The Academy, which was established under the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, was dedicated as the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is administered by the Maritime Administration under the auspices of the Department of Transportation. For more information about the Academy’s Bachelor of Science degree programs in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management and Marine Engineering Systems, visit www.USMMA.edu.

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Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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