June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.931.1 - 24.931.21
New Civil Engineering Program Criteria: How the Sausage is Being MadeThe American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) developed the first edition of the CivilEngineering Body of Knowledge (BOK1) in 2004 defining the knowledge, skills and attitudesrequired of future civil engineers. Several of the outcomes of BOK1 were incorporated into theABET Civil Engineering Program Criteria (CEPC) effective with the 2008-2009 accreditationcycle. The CEPC was supplemented with an associated commentary. The Body of Knowledgeis a living document that will continue to be updated and revised. The second edition of the CivilEngineering Body of Knowledge (BOK2) was published in 2008 and increased the number ofexpected outcomes from 15 to 24.ASCE recently created the Civil Engineering Program Criteria Task Committee whose charge isto determine if the current CEPC should be changed to reflect an additional one or more of the24 outcomes of BOK2. The new task committee could recommend no changes, some changes,or extensive changes to the CEPC. The committee consists of academic faculty and industrypractitioners who have been active in both ABET evaluation and ASCE educational activities.This paper reports the interim results of the committee’s work.The paper will share:A review of the literature. Rather than starting from scratch, the committee built on a volume ofwork that had already been completed by others. That work will be summarized and referenced.The committee’s methodology. The BOK2 is expressed in terms of outcomes and uses Bloom’sTaxonomy to define the desired level of attainment. The committee adopted an outcome-by-outcome strategy to examine how well the current ABET criteria addresses the requirements ofBOK2, what a fully BOK2 compliant CE program criteria would look like, and whether suchcompliance is reasonable and attainable given the real world constraints faced by civilengineering programs.The key issues that emerged through the conference calls and face-to-face meetings of thecommittee. The paper will define the most relevant and contentious issues, share the discussion,and provide the rationale for the ultimate recommendations of the committee.Future work of the committee. The committee’s work will probably result in a change in the CEprogram criteria. Such work will not be complete by the submission date of this paper, so theremaining tasks will be described. The committee’s work is part of a longer range plan tocontinuously update both the BOK and CEPC in a systematic manner.COORDINATING NOTE:This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinator ofthe ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CE Division of ASEE in 2014. It should beconsidered for inclusion in the session that Tom Lenox is organizing and moderating.
Estes, A. C., & Lenox, T. A. (2014, June), New Civil Engineering Program Criteria: How the Sausage is Being Made Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22864
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