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Faced with budget pressures, members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Direction have recently raised serious concerns about the substantial costs associated with the Society’s membership in ABET and participation in ABET accreditation and governance. These concerns have been exacerbated by frustration with some of ABET’s policies, priorities, and processes, and with ASCE’s declining influence in ABET governance. Given these concerns, is it time for ASCE to consider withdrawing from ABET?
The purpose of this paper is to answer the following research questions: • From ASCE’s perspective, what are the current benefits and costs associated with membership in ABET? • To what extent has ASCE’s membership in ABET enabled or hindered the Society’s pursuit of its strategic goals? • What would be the implications—positive and negative—of ASCE terminating its membership in the ABET federation?
Based on the answers to these questions, we propose a strategy by which ASCE could withdraw from ABET while still ensuring that (1) graduates of U.S. baccalaureate-level civil engineering programs are able to pursue professional licensure and (2) ASCE is able to validate individual engineers’ preparation for the practice of civil engineering at the professional level. We conclude by summarizing the advantages and disadvantages of implementing this strategy, along with its associated preconditions and risks.
COORDINATING NOTE: This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of the coordinators of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s session(s) for the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE in June 2020. It should be considered for inclusion in the session(s) on “Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE” that Leslie Nolen and Tom Lenox are organizing.
Ressler, S. J., & Lenox, T. A. (2020, June), Is it Time for ASCE to Withdraw from ABET? Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34886
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