After many months of planning and preparation, the University of North Texas’ Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology (BA-IT) degree program has received full accreditation by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), retroactive to 2012 through 2016. This accreditation affirms that the BA-IT program meets all ABET requirements while still utilizing workforce courses in the supporting area. This news will surely boost UNT’s efforts to add an online component to the BA-IT program and allow more distance learning students to enroll. The innovative program was established in 2008 as a way for UNT to accept large number of transfer hours from two-year convergence programs at community colleges.
The BA-IT curriculum was re-vamped in 2011 for the 2012 catalog year to address lessons learned in the first three years. These changes resulted in more hours being added to the supporting area, which grew form 18 to 21 hours, and some lower level courses being replaced with upper level courses. A number of these changes were in anticipation of moving the upper level portion of the degree into an online format that would permit students from CTC partner schools and CCN colleges to complete the degree remotely.
UNT is currently in the process of forming a mentoring group for four-year schools that want to add this type of degree. If you know of a school who might be interested in participating or are interested in learning about the online degree implementation, please forward contact information to David Keathly at UNT.