Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Universities Cooperate on Engineering Program. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Universities Cooperate on Engineering Program. (Noteworthy News)

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ST. LOUIS

A recently accredited program allows students from the University of Missouri St. Louis to earn engineering degrees by taking classes at Washington University.

Nine years ago the two universities forged an agreement that has allowed 119 students at the state school to earn bachelor's degrees in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. The partnership was the first of its kind in the nation between a public and a private university.

As far as anybody on either campus knows now, the program is the first like it to win accreditation.

The degrees have always been valid, but a few weeks ago the program earned approval from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. That lends an extra measure of prestige to the program and will make it easier for a graduate to qualify for certification as a "professional engineer."

Accreditation requires a history, so it was last year before the two universities felt they had enough graduates to make a case, said William Darby, the program's dean. …

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