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Survey of Civil Engineering Assessment Changes in Response to Revised ABET CE Program Criteria

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

ABET: Reflections on Accreditation

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Civil Engineering

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25.1217.1 - 25.1217.17



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Ryan Fries Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

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Ryan Fries is an Assistant Professor of civil engineering at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he specializes in transportation engineering. He is dedicated to continually improving the education of his students and has been recognized nationally, regionally and locally for his teaching. In addition to his teaching and research activities, he is a member of his department’s assessment committee.

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Sree Kalyani Lakkaraju Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

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Sree Kalyani Lakkaraju was born on Oct. 7, 1990. She was born and brought up in India. She graduated in civil engineering from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India. She joined Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in Fall 2011 to pursue a master's of science in civil engineering with specialization in structural engineering. She is an active member in American Society of Civil Engineering.

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Brad Cross Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville


Susan M. Morgan Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

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Susan Morgan is currently a professor in and the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She earned her B.S. in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and her Ph.D. in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University.

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Andrea L. Welker Villanova University

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Andrea L. Welker, P.E., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University. Welker teaches a variety of geotechnical undergraduate and graduate classes, including foundation design and geosynthetics. Her research focuses on the geotechnical aspects of stormwater control measures. In addition to teaching and performing research, she is the assessment chair and study abroad advisor for her department.

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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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