Land & Energy Management program earns full accreditation from AAPL

Five-year accreditation validates industry's value of Marietta College major, students

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MARIETTA, OHIO (02/14/2018) Marietta College's Land & Energy Management program, which became a major in 2014, recently received a five-year accreditation from the American Association of Professional Landmen.

"Receiving full accreditation from AAPL validates the growing and improved program Marietta offers in that the national professional organization has reviewed and approved our overall program and curriculum, and believes that it is a quality program that is meeting industry standards," said Tina Thomas, Assistant Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Land & Energy Management.

Marietta received provisional accreditation in March 2016, and it was set to expire in March 2018. The provisional accreditation came with recommendations from the AAPL, and Thomas and other faculty worked to exceed those recommendations.

"As one of only 13 colleges and universities with AAPL accreditation, a benefit to students graduating from Marietta's accredited program is that they earn three years toward the five-year experience requirement needed to apply for professional certification as a registered professional," Thomas said. "They also are eligible for industry scholarships and awards."

Marietta has granted 19 degrees in the Land & Energy Management program, and there are 31 students in the program this semester. The new accreditation is good until December 31, 2022.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy back in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 majors and is consistently ranked as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation's best by Marietta was selected seventh in the nation according to the Brookings Institution's rankings of colleges by their highest value added, regardless of major.