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The Impacts Of National Faculty Advisor Training On The Success Of Asce Student Chapters/Clubs

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Teaching Engineers to Teach

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9.1269.1 - 9.1269.10

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C. Ping Wei

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Thomas Quimby

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The Impacts of National Faculty Advisor Training on the Success of ASCE Student Chapters/Clubs T. Bartlett Quimby and C. Ping Wei University of Alaska Anchorage / American Society of Civil Engineers


In September 2000 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held its first nationally sponsored annual training workshop for student group faculty advisors. The training workshop was designed to enhance the success of student chapters/clubs through effective advising and had three goals: 1) to impart the vision of the value and purpose of ASCE student chapters, 2) to give the advisors the tools that they need to make their student chapters function, and 3) to create a network of ASCE faculty advisors.

Exit and follow up perception surveys both indicated that the training was very well received by the participants. This study seeks to further identify the actual impacts that this training had on the success of the student chapters whose advisors attended the 2000 workshop. Data from the ASCE student chapter/club annual reports, ASCE membership data and additional follow-up surveys are used to determine these impacts. The achievement of the workshop goals is assessed and other actual impacts are explored.

The results of this work sheds light on the usefulness of such training programs and provides information that may help to further focus the goals of advisor training in volunteer organizations.


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) maintains a system of student chapters and clubs (hereafter referred to simply as chapters) whose objective “is to help students prepare themselves for entry into the Civil Engineering profession and society.”1 These student chapters are seen as being a valuable means of supplementing the technical education provided by a typical civil engineering curriculum with professional development experiences. ASCE also views these chapters as a source of potential professional members. A successful chapter is considered to be one that has demonstrated effectiveness in meeting the stated objective.

The ASCE Committee on Student Activities (CSA) is charged with the responsibility to recommend policy and implement approved programs to nurture and enhance the student chapter experience. Over the years CSA has developed criteria for evaluating the success of student chapters. From years of reviewing annual reports submitted by student chapters and from personal anecdotal experience, it was apparent to members of CSA that there was a big difference in the implementation of the chapter program across the country.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Wei, C. P., & Quimby, T. (2004, June), The Impacts Of National Faculty Advisor Training On The Success Of Asce Student Chapters/Clubs Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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