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Computer Science – University of Colorado Partnership

Computer Science Accreditation Information

Overview

Our mission is to produce creative and technically strong computer scientists who explore innovative solutions to complex global challenges. We do this with a commitment to our community by integrating across engineering, sciences, arts, business and other disciplines to produce students who possess the skill sets to improve society. Our graduates are ethical, globally aware citizens who will make the world a safer and better place throughout their careers.

CS Partnership Program Educational Objectives

The Computer Science program contributes to the educational objectives described in the ABET Accreditation Criteria. Accordingly, the Computer Science Program has established the following program educational objectives for the B.S. in Computer Science degree:

The Computer Science program is designed to prepare students for successful careers with a positive societal impact in industry, academia, government, and consulting. Our alumni are expected to:

  • Apply their computer science knowledge, critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills with integrity and inclusivity in a professional practice or in non-engineering or technical fields, such as law, medicine or business.
  • Continue their intellectual development through graduate education, professional development courses, self-directed investigation, and/or on-the-job training and experience.
  • Embrace leadership and collaborative roles in their careers.

Accreditation

Students completing the University of Colorado Boulder-Western Colorado University Computer Science Partnership Program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. The CS Partnership Program will seek accreditation through the CAC of ABET after the first cohort of students graduate. For more information on ABET accreditation, please contact: www.abet.org.

CS Partnership Program Student Outcomes

In order to fulfill the Program Educational Objective, specific student performance outcomes must be met at the time of graduation. The program must have documented and publicly stated student outcomes that include (1) through (5) below and any outcomes required by applicable Program Criteria. The program may define additional outcomes.

These student outcomes for the Partnership Program are:

Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.

Assessment

Accreditation is a process of continuous improvement. It uses a series of assessment tools which measure how well the program is achieving the objectives and outcomes listed here. As a student, you will take part in evaluations of courses and programs both during your academic career and after graduation as an alumnus.

Annual Student Enrollment & Graduation Data

Enrollment in the Partnership Program is defined as the point when a student has been admitted into the BSME degree program offered through Gunnison, CO and begins taking the majority of their classes from CU Boulder faculty on the Western campus.

Enrollment and graduation data that encompasses Partnership Program data is also included on the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Sciences web site at: http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/about/rankings-facts-figures.

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