Engineering for Excellence

September 26, 1990

The conclusion of the accreditation review of Morgan State University's electrical engineering program brought pride to the university and satisfaction to the Baltimore area.

Not only was Morgan's six-year-old program acceptable to the sanctioning body, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, it was termed one of the leaders in developing "novel, creative methods of effective curriculum delivery that enhance the education available to students in engineering" and related areas.

A letter to Morgan President Earl S. Richardson tells the story. The accrediting board this year decided to institute "Awards for Educational Innovation" to reward those programs whose approaches hold lessons for other educators as well as benefits for students. Out of nearly 400 programs at accredited engineering schools, Morgan's was selected as one of the first four programs to receive the honor. The letter invites President Richardson and Engineering Dean Eugene M. DeLoatch to attend the accreditation board's 1990 annual meeting next month in Denver, to receive the award and the accolades of their peers.

That is welcome progress. It is an auspicious start for a young engineering program and an indication of the talent and verve to be found in this area. It speaks well for the region's push to establish a new, high-technology industrial base for tomorrow's economic prosperity.

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