San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
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Impact and Perspectives on Changing Civil Engineering CriteriaIn 2008, ABET, Inc. revised the “Program Criteria for Civil Engineering (CE)” included in theCriteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs to better reflect the Civil Engineering Body ofKnowledge for the 21st Century. CE faculty at a US University conducted a nationwide surveyduring the summer of 2011 using the American Society of Civil Engineers Department HeadsCouncil list serve to determine if other CE Departments were making changes in their programsor assessment plans in response to the revised criteria. In the US there are 224 accredited CEprograms; 57 departments responded to the survey, which represents 25% of all accreditedprograms. Findings indicated that more than a third (22 of 57) plan to require one additionalbasic science course and others (17 of 57) already required this additional basic science course.Respondents frequently (32 of 57) defined the phrase, “in more than one civil engineeringcontext” as meaning students can design in transportation, structural, environmental andgeotechnical areas. Lastly, departments commonly include basic concepts in management,business, public policy, and leadership into capstone courses (39 or 57), student chapteractivities (16 of 57), and seminar courses (14 of 57). These findings can provide guidance to CEdepartments interested in assessing student outcomes from the CE Program Criteria,specifically department heads/chairs and faculty active in assessment.
Fries, R., & Lakkaraju, S. K., & Cross, B., & Morgan, S. M., & Welker, A. L. (2012, June), Survey of Civil Engineering Assessment Changes in Response to Revised ABET CE Program Criteria Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21974
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