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Curricular And Student Characteristics Of Accredited Engineering/General Engineering Programs

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs

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9.361.1 - 9.361.19

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Byron Newberry

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James Farison

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Session 1471

Curricular and Student Characteristics of Accredited Engineering/General Engineering Programs Jim Farison and Byron Newberry Department of Engineering, Baylor University

1. Introduction

The majority of accredited engineering programs in the United States are discipline-oriented programs, such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, etc., for which the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation criteria comprise both the general criteria that apply to all accredited engineering programs and the accompanying program criteria for that specific area of engineering. The remaining set of accredited engineering programs has no applicable program criteria. These programs are accredited under the general criteria only. Some of these programs also have descriptors that include an adjective that accompanies the word engineering in their title but for which there are no applicable program criteria. Within this subset of accredited programs for which there are no program criteria, an earlier paper reviewed the general status and uses of Engineering programs (the set of programs for which the program name is Engineering or General Engineering).1 Another paper focused on the history and trends among both Engineering and Engineering Science programs.2 This present paper focuses again on the subset of the programs accredited under the general criteria; specifically, Engineering or General Engineering. Specifically, this paper explores the curricular and student characteristics of these programs.

2. Methodology

The institutions offering accredited engineering or general engineering programs were obtained from ABET at, with Search by Discipline (select Engineering). From that list of 32 programs, 31 programs named Engineering (29), General Engineering (1) and Engineering (General) (1) were selected for this study. The list of these 31 institutions, with program titles, accreditation dates, and locations is given in Appendix 1.

A contact name for each program was obtained from the ASEE engineering program directory at A questionnaire with brief introduction was sent to that contact address, with the request for response. A copy of the questionnaire is included in Appendix 2. Second and third requests were sent to programs from which responses had not yet been received, in some cases to new names obtained from a search of the program information at the school’s web site. Responses were received from a total of 20 of the 31 programs, for a 65% response rate. The 20 respondents and their institutions are acknowledged in Appendix 3.

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Newberry, B., & Farison, J. (2004, June), Curricular And Student Characteristics Of Accredited Engineering/General Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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