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In the United States, engineering program accreditation is a non-governmental, peer review process that ensures educational quality. Educational institutions or programs volunteer to periodically undergo this review to determine if minimum criteria are being met. Accreditation verifies that an institution or program meets the criteria, ensuring a quality educational experience.
There are two types of accreditation: institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation evaluates overall institutional quality. Regional accreditation of institutions is one form of this. Specialized accreditation, however, examines specific programs of study to determine if graduates are prepared to enter the profession. This type of accreditation is granted to specific programs at specific levels. Programs of architecture, nursing, law, medicine and engineering are often evaluated through this type of accreditation.
The Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (COCNASC) provides institutional accreditation for Oregon State University. The Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Environmental Engineering BS programs at Oregon State University are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.