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Civil Engineering Program Evaluator Reflections: The Most Recent Lessons Learned

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

ABET: Reflections on Accreditation

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Civil Engineering

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25.313.1 - 25.313.9



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Karl F. Meyer U.S. Military Academy

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Karl F. "Fred" Meyer is the Civil Engineering Division Director in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy. He received a bachelor's of science degree from USMA in 1984, a M.S. degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech in 1993, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech in 2002. Meyer has been a member of the USMA faculty for 10 years and teaches courses in basic mechanics, structural steel design, reinforced concrete design, structural system design, and construction management. He has served as a Senior Mentor and Seminar Presenter in the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop from 2000 through 2011. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of lightweight concrete and high strength concrete and has published numerous papers on these topics. He is an active member of the American Concrete Institute, serving on Committees 213, 318 Sub A, and S802. He is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is an ABET Program Evaluator.

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Allen C. Estes California Polytechnic State University

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Allen C. Estes is a professor and Head for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Until Jan. 2007, Estes was the Director of the Civil Engineering Program at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. Estes received a B.S. degree from USMA in 1978, M.S. degrees in structural engineering and in construction management from Stanford University in 1987, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1997.

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Paul Francis Mlakar U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

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Paul F. Mlakar is the Army’s Chief Scientist for Weapons Effects and Structural Dynamics at the Engineer Research and Development Center. He is currently on sabbatical as the Class of 1953 Distinguished Chair in Civil Engineering at West Point. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Purdue, Mississippi State, and North Carolina A&T. He received his B.S. from West Point in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Purdue in 1975. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, and a senior ABET Program Evaluator.

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Civil Engineering PEV Reflections: The Most Recent Lessons LearnedFor the 2011-2012 ABET accreditation cycle, there have been a number of changes across thecriteria that have impacted the way in which programs must approach their accreditation efforts.The most significant change is related to the reporting of assessment activities and their use forprogram improvement. For the first time this year, assessment results of program educationalobjectives and student outcomes are reported in Criterion 4, Continuous Improvement.Additionally, there have been changes to the former Criterion 9, Program Criteria. The ProgramCriteria is no longer numbered, but more importantly, contains some fairly significant changesimpacting the assessment of student performance. The changes include no longer requiringprograms to specifically incorporate the program criteria in their student outcomes and no longerrequiring programs to assess the degree to which students are achieving the program criteria.The purpose of this paper will be to capture the experiences of several Civil EngineeringProgram Evaluators following accreditation visits they have made to a variety of programsduring this accreditation cycle. It will take the reader from initial contact with the program chairthrough review of the self study and student transcripts to the on-site visit and offer lessonslearned as well as advice on how best to meet the current ABET Criteria.

Meyer, K. F., & Estes, A. C., & Mlakar, P. F. (2012, June), Civil Engineering Program Evaluator Reflections: The Most Recent Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21071

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