June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
26.172.1 - 26.172.14
An Analysis of Engineering Credits in ABET Accredited Engineering Management ProgramsThere are less than ten ABET accredited undergraduate engineering management programs inthe United States. However the ASEE data base on engineering programs and graduates showsthere are many more engineering management programs on a national basis. Although it isunclear why these programs do not pursue ABET accreditation. One possible answer may be thelack of understanding on what may or may not qualify as an engineering credit. Furthercomplicating this question is how the program criteria of engineering management are fulfilledand how that course work relates to the engineering credit count. Especially problematic in theprocess of balancing these requirements and constraints is the limit of total program credits.This paper provides a first step in analyzing these issues by surveying the current ABETengineering management programs and documenting the allocation of engineering credits alongwith how they satisfy program criteria. The paper will examine the allocation of credits andgeneralize the approach employed to accomplish the required engineering credits, the programcriteria, and the required general education. This paper will be of interest not only to theengineering management education community but also to other disciplines which are workingto address the curricular needs involving work place skills and global engineering and projectmanagement needs.
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