June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.138.1 - 24.138.20
Adopting the BOK2 Student Outcomes: A Six Year RetrospectiveAbstractIn 2008, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published the Civil Engineering Bodyof Knowledge, Second Edition (BOK2), reflecting ASCE’s vision of the skills and knowledgethe next generation of civil engineers must acquire. The Department of Civil Engineering at_______________ University adopted the BOK2 that same year as part of its regular programreview process. Faculty engaged in extensive debate on the prudence of adopting a new, morecomplex standard just two years before the ABET accreditation visit in 2010. However, theDepartment’s commitment to continuous improvement was the eventual impetus for adoption ofthe BOK2 student outcomes for our program. This paper provides an overview of the challengesfaced and the various approaches taken by faculty to integrate the BOK2 outcomes into the civilengineering curriculum. The paper also documents the successful ABET review in 2010 inwhich the program was granted full accreditation and the maximum six-year review cycle.Finally, after six years of the Department functioning with BOK2 as student outcomes, thefaculty can reflect and comment upon the successful and more the problematic aspects of theexperience. This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, thecoordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CE Division of ASEE in 2014. Itshould be considered for inclusion in the session that Tom Lenox is organizing and moderating.
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