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Asce's Raise The Bar Initiative: Master Plan For Implementation

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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

Raising the Bar and Body of Knowledge

Page Count

16

Page Numbers

8.235.1 - 8.235.16

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https://peer.asee.org/12320

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Jeffrey Russell

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Session #2315

ASCE’S RAISE THE BAR INITIATIVE: MASTER PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTATION

ASCE Task Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice (TCAP^3) BOK-Curricula Committee of TCAP^3 Accreditation Committee of TCAP^3 Licensing Committee of TCAP^3

Abstract

In October 2001, ASCE approved Policy Statement 465 entitled “Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice.” The underlying purpose of ASCE Policy Statement 465 is to prepare the civil engineering professional of the future. The Task Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice (TCAP^3) has been working to implement the policy for the past two years. The purpose of this paper is to describe the master plan for the implementation of Policy Statement 465.

Introduction

In October 2001, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Direction unanimously approved Policy Statement 465, entitled “Academic Prerequisites for Licensure and Professional Practice.” This policy supports “the concept of the Master’s degree or Equivalent as a prerequisite for licensure and the practice of civil engineering at a professional level.” Undergirding this policy is the belief that the Body of Knowledge (BOK) necessary to enter the practice of civil engineering at the professional level in the future will be beyond the scope of a traditional 4-year bachelor’s degree and required practical experience. While ASCE recognizes that implementation of Policy Statement 465 will not occur overnight, this policy has the potential to transform the practice of civil engineering, and positively influence the safety, quality, efficiency, and sustainability of the built environment in the 21st Century. The purpose of this paper is to describe the master plan for implementing ASCE Policy Statement 465.

Background: Motivation For Change

The policy is forward- looking and addresses the following six issues.

1. Education for a Complex Future—Today’s world is fundamentally challenging the way civil engineering is practiced. Complexity stems from every aspect of the project, from pre- project planning with varied stakeholders to building with minimum environmental and community disturbance. The ASCE report “Engineering the Future of Civil Engineering” (www.asce.org/raisethebar) has highlighted the significant and rapid changes confronting the profession, while recent events have demonstrated our vulnerability to human- made hazards and disasters. The risks and challenges to public health, safety, and welfare will continue to escalate in complexity, and the civil engineering profession must respond proactively. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Russell, J. (2003, June), Asce's Raise The Bar Initiative: Master Plan For Implementation Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12320

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