June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Abstract – Starting a new engineering program that fulfills ABET 2000 requirements is a major undertaking. With a new program, there is great responsibility to develop the curricula and assessment tools to meet university, community, and stakeholder requirements while meeting ABET outcomes. In this paper, the authors will discuss the process of implementing a new civil engineering program at (Name Was Removed, for blind review) University in City, State (in the City, State metropolitan area). This discussion includes the planning, launch, and implementation of curricula that lead to a successful initial ABET accreditation, as these events occurred over a five-year period (2010 – 2015). The authors will describe the curriculum, development of courses and laboratories, the senior design capstone, and preparation of the ABET self-study report necessary for accreditation. All curricula and assessment tools are linked to a modified Bloom’s Taxonomy and ABET Outcome 3 Criteria a through k. A description of the university and its service area that features a large proportion of first-generation and non-traditional students is also provided. In 2015 (Name Removed) University became a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI, 25% or more of enrolled population) and is seeking to improve participation of women and underserved populations in STEM fields, such as civil engineering. Lessons learned and future improvements for the civil engineering program at (Name Removed) University are provided, which include curricular revisions (such as the revision of the third science requirement), implementation of a unique approach to the senior design capstone, a continual assessment and improvement process, ABET self-study preparation, and other insights and reflections.
Leitch, K. R., & Chang, B., & Butler, E., & Womble, J. A., & Howell, N. (2017, June), Board # 25 : The Journey to Initial Accreditation of a Civil Engineering Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27815
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