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Nov. 22, 2016
By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant
A Northwest Missouri State University faculty member recently was recognized for his service to the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. (ABET).
Dr. Michael Oudshoorn, associate professor of computer science and information systems, is one of 57 ABET commissioners. Collectively, they evaluated 98 institutions to review 122 individual computing programs in the United States during the 2015-2016 academic year.
“ABET, through its accreditation criteria, identifies key knowledge areas and skills that the profession believes are essential for a graduating student should possess,” Oudshoorn said. “As a result of my knowledge of the criteria, I find myself naturally making sure that students are exposed to that knowledge and skill set in all of the classes that I teach.”
Four accreditation commissions lead by ABET activities – the Applied Science Accreditation Commission, Computing Accreditation Commission, Engineering Accreditation Commission and Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission.
The commissions review and make final accreditations for educational programs. Commissioners make final decisions about all program accreditation actions, except for appeals. They serve to improve computing education in the United States and throughout the world.
Oudshoorn serves as team chair and annually leads visits to institutions. He attends the annual commission meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, each July and votes on accreditation actions while serving on committees within ABET.
ABET accredits college and university programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels in the fields of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
Oudshoorn is traveling abroad this fall to evaluate a computer science program.
“My other passion is international education and globalizing the curriculum,” Oudshoorn said. “I would like to see greater diversity on campus with more countries represented in our student population. I would like to encourage students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities and see a different culture firsthand, be immersed in it, appreciate it and celebrate the differences between cultures.”
Oudshoorn joined the Northwest faculty in August. He earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science and applied mathematics and his Ph.D. in computer science, all at the University of Adelaide in Australia.
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