Cedarville Magazine, Fall 2023

38 CAMPUS NEWS NEW GRADUATE CERTIFICATE EQUIPS FUTURE LEADERS In a culture with ever-changing ideas and agendas, good leadership is becoming more and more important. Cedarville University seeks to equip biblically faithful leaders with its new graduate certificate in leadership. Starting this fall, college graduates can pursue a new 12-credit hour certificate program through Cedarville University’s Robert W. Plaster School of Business. The certificate will include courses in organizational leadership, project management, applied leadership, and biblical leadership. “This certificate will help students look at leadership through a biblical lens,” said John Delano, Program Director. “You get the holistic view of leadership through a biblical worldview.” All courses are offered completely online, and this certificate will equip aspiring directors, managers, supervisors, church leaders, and entrepreneurs. The graduate leadership certificate also gives students an “on ramp” for a Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership or Master of Business Administration. “This certificate provides a convenient, efficient, and cost-effective way to gain essential leadership skills and knowledge, making it an excellent choice for those looking to advance their careers quickly,” said Brian Shook '01, Assistant Vice President for Graduate Enrollment. “It is also a convenient stepping stone to move toward a graduate degree.” Cedarville seniors can complete two courses prior to graduation at no additional cost. Cedarville parents and alumni qualify for a 10% discount. The applications are now open at cedarville.edu/gradapply. ABET ACCREDITATION AWARDED TO CIVIL ENGINEERING PROGRAM Nearly five years since its inception, Cedarville University’s civil engineering program has received accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The civil engineering program — and its five concentrations: structural, international infrastructure, environmental, water resources, and general civil — was awarded accreditation spanning retroactively from October 2021 through September 2025. Accreditation provides quality assurance for engineering graduates. “Time and energy are the two key ingredients for the process of becoming accredited,” said Robert Chasnov, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Once a program is approved for delivery by the state of Ohio and the Higher Learning Commission, students are invited to campus to take courses leading to the new degree. Only after the first class of students graduate will ABET send a team of evaluators to our campus to review the program.” With its accreditation, the civil engineering major becomes the final program in the School of Engineering and Computer Science to receive this honor. “Graduates with a BSCE degree are generally asked by their prospective employers to become licensed,” said Chasnov. “The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) asks whether or not the degree earned is from an ABET-accredited program. Our students can now answer yes when they apply to sit for both the FE and PE exams.” The civil engineering program is housed in the Civil Engineering Center, completed in 2020, with state-of-the-art lab facilities.