Asee peer logo

Alumni Perspectives On Professional And Ethical Responsibility

Download Paper |

Conference

2003 Annual Conference

Location

Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering Ethics

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

8.176.1 - 8.176.14

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/11906

Download Count

28

Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Ed McCaul

author page

Earl Whitlatch

author page

Robert J. Gustafson

Download Paper |

Abstract
NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Session XXXX

Alumni Perspectives on Professional and Ethical Responsibility

Robert J. Gustafson, Edward McCaul, Earl Whitlatch The Ohio State University

Abstract

The goal of the study reported in this paper was to collect data which would give guidance to our programs on ways to reduce the gap in the perceived importance versus preparation of College of Engineering B.S. graduates in the area of “Professional and Ethical Responsibility”. A survey was designed to address four main questions: Q1) What ethical issues are occurring most frequently in engineering practice? Q2) What is important in determining professional and ethical behavior? Q3) What are the most significant barriers that limit professional and ethical behavior? Q4) What should be done differently in our undergraduate programs to improve professional and ethical behavior? Based on a survey completed by 249 alumni, relative to the four questions, the following observations can be made:

Q1) A. “Confidentiality of Information”, “Reviewing the Work of Another Engineer”, and “Engineering Competency” were ranked as the three items with the highest frequency of creating ethical issues in engineering practice. B. Overall, those with PE or EIT status and females tended to rate frequency of occurrence of ethical issues higher. However, the variation was not uniform across items. C. No consistent pattern of variation by alumni year was observed, but variation by program was readily apparent.

Q2) A. “Personal Beliefs” are ranked very high while “Undergraduate Education” and “Professional Registration” were both low among items important in determining professional and ethical behavior. B. Overall, those with PE or EIT status tended to assign higher importance to items determine behavior. However, the variation was not uniform across items. C. As with Q1, no consistent pattern of variation by alumni year was observed, but variation by program was readily apparent.

Q3) Written responses regarding barriers that limit ethical behavior fell into nine categories: Cost and time constraints(n = 37); Supervisor/employer attitude, values and behavior (n = 37); Personal beliefs and attributes (n = 22); Lack of training or knowledge (n = 18);

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

McCaul, E., & Whitlatch, E., & Gustafson, R. J. (2003, June), Alumni Perspectives On Professional And Ethical Responsibility Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/11906

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2003 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015