June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
The ASCE Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee (CEBOK3TC) recently completed the Third Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK3) with a scheduled publication in May 2019. Like its predecessors, the third edition defines the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for entry into the practice of civil engineering at the professional level and uses an outcomes-based approach with associated levels of achievement. However, the format, content, and the definition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK) has evolved over the last fifteen years since the publication of the First Edition of the Body of Knowledge (CEBOK1).
This paper will provide a comprehensive history of the evolution of the CEBOK from its initial concept inception in the late 1990s through its present form as the third edition. The origins of the CEBOK will be discussed followed by a brief summary of CEBOK1 which was published in 2004. Based on a significant challenge associated with the levels of achievement in CEBOK1, a Levels of Achievement Subcommittee was formed shortly after CEBOK1 debuted. Following the subcommittee report, the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 2 Task Committee was formed in October 2005 to develop an updated CEBOK, the Second Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK2), which was published in 2008. In the subsequent years, ASCE developed a plan for the long-term management of CEBOK on an eight-year cycle which led to the formation of the CEBOK3TC which began work in October 2016. This paper concludes with a discussion on the update from CEBOK2 to CEBOK3.
Why is this historical review and summary important to the civil engineering profession? To maintain the momentum of the educational and professional reform activities initiated by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in the mid-1990’s (called the Raise the Bar Initiative), the successful processes of the past and the associated “lessons learned” must be clearly communicated to future leaders and proponents of this initiative. Much has been learned from the experiences of the past – and these hard-learned experiences should guide the preparation of future editions of the CEBOK. A relevant quotation (from Adlai E. Stevenson) comes to mind: “We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.”
COORDINATING NOTE: This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s session(s) for the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE in 2019. It should be considered for inclusion in the sessions on “Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE.” that the ASCE Liaison Committee is organizing.
Hains, D. B., & Fridley, K. J., & Lenox, T. A., & Nolen, L., & O'Brien, J. J. (2019, June), The Evolution of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge: From the First Edition to the Third Edition Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33391
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