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The Department has formed close associations with other organizations to advance common interests and causes. In particular, the Department has formal alliances with the following organizations:

  Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 30 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 75 years. ABET currently accredits some 2,900 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide.

ABET also provides leadership internationally through workshops, consultancies, memoranda of understanding, and mutual recognition agreements. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

  • The Bachelor of Computer Science degree program in the Department of Computer Science is accredited by ABET. Current accreditation is effective from October 1, 2008 until September 30, 2016.

  Computing Research Association

The Computing Research Association (CRA) seeks to strengthen research and advanced education in computing and allied fields. It does this by working to influence policy that impacts computing research, encouraging the development of human resources, contributing to the cohesiveness of the professional community and collecting and disseminating information about the importance and the state of computing research. Each plays an important role in achieving the organizational objectives.

CRA counts among its members more than 200 North American organizations active in computing research: academic departments of computer science and computer engineering; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia; and affiliated professional societies (AAAI, ACM, CACS/AIC, IEEE Computer Society, SIAM, USENIX). CRA works with these organizations to represent the computing research community and to effect change that benefits both computing research and society at large.

  • The Department of Computer Science is an Academic Member of CRA.

  National Center for Women & Information Technology

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a national coalition of academic, industry, and social institutions, uniting efforts to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. The goal of the Center is to implement effective new programs, identify best practices, and disseminate valuable research and data on a national level.

The Department of Computer Science is a member of the NCWIT Academic alliance. The Academic Alliance consists of 40 distinguished representatives from the computer science and IT departments of colleges and universities across the country, spanning research universities, community colleges, women's colleges, and minority-serving institutions. Charged with implementing institutional change in higher education, the Academic Alliance provides feedback on NCWIT programs, contributes and adopts effective practices, and serves as a national agent of change. It meets several times per year to compare approaches and provide guidance and mutual support.

  • The Department of Computer Science is the hosting organization for NCWIT.

  Association for Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. With a world-wide membership ACM is a leading resource for computing professionals and students working in the various fields of Information Technology, and for interpreting the impact of information technology on society.

Founded in 1947, the ACM is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide. Members turn to ACM for the industry's leading Portal to Computing Literature, authoritative publications and pioneering conferences, providing leadership for the 21st century. ACM professional and student chapters worldwide function as intellectual and geographical nodes of activity for both ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, lectures, and the opportunity to meet peers and experts in many fields of interest. Targeted specifically towards students are the ACM Lectureship Program and the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.

  • The Department of Computer Science sponsors the University of Colorado Boulder ACM Student Chapter.

See also:
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
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