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Adopting the BOK2 Student Outcomes: A Six-Year Retrospective

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

BOK2 - Influencing Changes to the ABET Civil Engineering Program Criteria and Civil Engineering Curricula

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Civil Engineering

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24.138.1 - 24.138.20



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Donald D. Carpenter Lawrence Technological University

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Donald D. Carpenter, PhD, PE, LEED AP is Professor of Civil Engineering where he teaches courses on ethics/professionalism and water resources. Dr. Carpenter is an accredited green design professional (LEED AP) and practicing professional engineer (PE) whose expertise includes Low Impact Development (LID), innovative stormwater best management practices (BMPs), hydrologic and stormwater modeling and design, and field data collection for performance monitoring. His University appointments include serving as University Director of Assessment from 2009 to 2012 after serving as founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning from 2006 to 2009. In 2006, the Kern Family Foundation named Dr. Carpenter a Kern Fellow for Entrepreneurial Education recognizing his efforts to bring innovative team based problem solving into the engineering curriculum to promote the entrepreneurial mindset. He continues to serve the University and the Kern Family Foundation in this capacity. Finally, Dr. Carpenter is serving on the ASCE Committee to revise the ABET Civil Engineering Program Criteria.

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John V. Tocco JD Lawrence Technological University

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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.

Carpenter, D. D., & Tocco, J. V. (2014, June), Adopting the BOK2 Student Outcomes: A Six-Year Retrospective Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20029

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