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Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Board Certification in the Medical Profession

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Key Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession - and ASCE - Part 1

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Civil Engineering

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27

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10.18260/1-2--34911

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Decker B Hains P.E. Western Michigan University

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Dr. Decker B. Hains is a Master Faculty Specialist in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Western Michigan University. He is a retired US Army Officer serving 22 years on active duty with the US Army Corps of Engineers and taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from USMA in 1994, Master of Science degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage in Arctic Engineering in 1998 and Missouri University Science & Technology in Civil Engineering in 1999, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in 2004. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan.

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Stephen J. Ressler P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASEE U.S. Military Academy

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Stephen Ressler, P.E. Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASEE is Professor Emeritus from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. He earned a B.S. degree from USMA in 1979, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in 1989, and a Ph.D. from Lehigh in 1991. As an active duty Army officer, he served for 34 years in a variety of military engineering assignments around the world. He served as a member of the USMA faculty for 21 years, including six years as Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. He retired as a Brigadier General in 2013. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia, a Distinguished Member of ASCE, and a Fellow of ASEE.

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Thomas A. Lenox , Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASEE American Society of Civil Engineers

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Thomas A. Lenox, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASEE is Executive Vice President (Emeritus) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy (USMA), Master of Science degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University, Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Long Island University, and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. Dr. Lenox served for over 28 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S Army Field Artillery in a variety of leadership positions in the U.S., Europe, and East Asia. He retired at the rank of Colonel. During his military career, Dr. Lenox spent 15 years on the engineering faculty of USMA including five years as the Director of the Civil Engineering Division. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1998, he joined the staff of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In his position as educational staff leader of ASCE, he managed several new educational initiatives – collectively labeled as Project ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education). As ASCE’s Executive Vice President, Dr. Lenox led several educational and professional career-development projects for the civil engineering profession – with the overall objective of properly preparing individuals for their futures as civil engineers. An example is his staff leadership of ASCE’s initiative to “Raise the Bar” for entry into professional engineering practice. Dr. Lenox’s awards include ASCE’s ExCEEd Leadership Award, ASEE’s George K. Wadlin Award, ASCE’s William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, and the CE News’ “2010 Power List – 15 People Advancing the Civil Engineering Profession.” He is a Distinguished Member of ASCE and a Fellow of ASEE. In January 2014, Dr. Lenox retired from his staff position with ASCE. Up through November 2019, he continued to serve the engineering profession as a member of ABET's Board of Delegates, Engineering Area Delegation, Global Council, and Governance Committee and several of ASCE's educational and professional committees. He remains an active member of the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE.

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Abstract

For over two decades, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) pursued its “Raise the Bar” initiative, for the purpose of better preparing civil engineers to attain the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge and enter into professional practice. The ultimate goal of this initiative was to change state licensure laws, such that a master’s degree or equivalent (augmented by appropriate work experience) would become the academic prerequisite for licensure as a professional engineer in the U.S. In support of this goal, ASCE promoted “Raise the Bar” legislation in several states. Despite these efforts, no U.S. licensing jurisdiction adopted such legislation. Acknowledging this lack of progress, the ASCE Board of Direction formally initiated a major change in the direction of the “Raise the Bar” initiative in March 2018. The Board’s new approach, subsequently rebranded as the “Engineer Tomorrow” initiative, was to explore the use of Society-administered credentialing, rather than licensure, as its principal mechanism for raising the bar. The Board assigned responsibility for the “Engineer Tomorrow” initiative to the Raise the Bar Committee—subsequently renamed the Committee on Preparing the Future Civil Engineer (CPFCE)—and its Task Committee on Credentialing to Raise the Bar—subsequently renamed the Task Committee on Credentialing (TCC). The TCC’s charge is to “Develop a plan identifying how ASCE can best utilize an internal credentialing program to validate fulfillment of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK), including a timeline for implementation, an estimated budget, and a marketing plan to promote a credentialing program(s) to members and owners.” The task committee began its work in July 2018. In its interim report to the ASCE Board, presented in July 2019, the TCC proposed a framework for a comprehensive ASCE-administered credentialing system superimposed upon the existing U.S. licensure system as a mechanism for validating fulfillment of the CEBOK. The Board responded favorably to this proposal and directed the TCC to develop an implementation plan for the new credentialing system. Also starting in July 2018 but working independently of the TCC, the authors of this paper attempted to support and inform the TCC’s work by analyzing the credentialing system used in the U.S. medical profession and using this model as the basis for a proposed civil engineering credentialing system. Our published proposal was provided to both the TCC and the ASCE Board prior to the Board’s July 2019 meeting. In this paper, we expand upon our earlier analysis by examining more closely the implementation of specialty certification by the medical profession. Specifically, the purposes of this paper are (1) to explain why and how the medical profession’s system of board certification was developed and implemented and (2) to offer lessons learned for the civil engineering profession. After discussing a brief history of the evolution of the medical profession’s model for licensing and specialty certification, the paper will provide evidence of the success of the medical profession’s model, identify the reasons for the successful implementation of their system, and discuss the barriers and obstacles faced in the process. The paper will also review current issues related to the continued implementation of the medical profession’s system. Based on this analysis, the paper will offer lessons learned for the civil engineering profession as it considers implementing the certification of specialty areas within the civil engineering profession.

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.

Hains, D. B., & Ressler, S. J., & Lenox, T. A. (2020, June), Lessons Learned from the Implementation of Board Certification in the Medical Profession Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34911

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