BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Campbell University’s School of Engineering has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (BSE) and enroll its charter class in August 2016.
SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions located in the South. Its approval allows Campbell Engineering to move forward with enrolling students. When the school welcomes its first students next fall, Campbell will be only the second private university in North Carolina to house an engineering school.
“We are so pleased to receive word of the approval from SACSCOC”, said Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter, founding dean of Campbell Engineering. “We are looking forward to an outstanding inaugural freshman class next fall, a top-notch faculty and curriculum, and a great engineering program that will prepare the engineering leaders of tomorrow.”
Campbell Engineering is expected to enroll an inaugural class of 50 students in August 2016 and grow to approximately 250 students by 2023. Initial concentrations will include mechanical and chemical/pharmaceutical engineering, with possible future expansion into areas such as electrical and biomedical engineering.
The school will also pursue accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) when eligible, which will be once the charter engineering class graduates in 2020.
“Receiving SACSCOC approval to offer the BSE is more than an essential step towards matriculating our first engineering students,” said Campbell Provost Mark L. Hammond. “It’s external validation of excellent planning and institutional commitment to offer a superb engineering experience at Campbell. With Dean Carpenter onboard and SACSCOC approval, we are off and running in the direction of success.”