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Understanding the New Civil Engineering Program Criteria: Preparing to Prepare the Future Civil Engineer

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Civil Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Civil Engineering

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26.1626.1 - 26.1626.11



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Kenneth J. Fridley University of Alabama

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Kenneth J. Fridley serves as Senior Associate Dean for Administration of the College of Engineering at the University of Alabama. Previously, Dr. Fridley served as Head of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama for 12 years. Dr. Fridley has been recognized as a dedicated educator throughout his career and has received several awards for his teaching efforts, including the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Leadership Award in 2010. At the University of Alabama, Fridley has led efforts to establish several new programs including new undergraduate degree programs in construction engineering, architectural engineering and environmental engineering, a departmental Scholars program allowing highly qualified students an accelerated program to earn their MSCE in addition to their BS degree, the interdisciplinary ideaLAB promoting innovation in engineering, and the cross-disciplinary MSCE/MBA and MSCE/JD dual-degree programs. Fridley has advised 32 masters and doctoral students to completion. His former students have moved into leadership positions in industry, public service, and academia.

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Thomas A. Lenox , Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASEE American Society of Civil Engineers

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Thomas A. Lenox, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE is Executive Vice President (Emeritus) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy (USMA), Master of Science degree in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics from Cornell University, Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Long Island University, and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. Dr. Lenox served for over 28 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S Army Field Artillery in a variety of leadership positions in the U.S., Europe, and East Asia. He retired at the rank of Colonel. During his military career, Dr. Lenox spent 15 years on the engineering faculty of USMA – including five years as the Director of the Civil Engineering Division. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1998, he joined the staff of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In his position as educational staff leader of ASCE, he managed several new educational initiatives – collectively labeled as Project ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education). As ASCE’s Executive Vice President, Dr. Lenox led several educational and professional career-development projects for the civil engineering profession – with the overall objective of properly preparing individuals for their futures as civil engineers. An example is his staff leadership of ASCE’s initiative to “Raise the Bar” for entry into professional engineering practice. Dr. Lenox’s recent awards include ASCE’s ExCEEd Leadership Award, ASEE’s George K. Wadlin Award, ASCE’s William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, and the CE News’ “2010 Power List – 15 People Advancing the Civil Engineering Profession.” In 2013, he was selected as a Distinguished Member of ASCE. In January 2014, Dr. Lenox retired from his staff position with ASCE. He continues to serve the engineering profession as a member of the ABET Board of Directors, an active member of several ASCE education and accreditation committees, and ASEE’s Civil Engineering Division.

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Understanding the New Civil Engineering Program Criteria: Preparing to Prepare the Future Civil EngineerThe ASCE Civil Engineering Program Criteria Task Committee (CEPCTC) has completed itscharge to develop, in an open and inclusive manner seeking input from key stakeholder groups,and propose new Civil Engineering Program Criteria (CEPC). The proposed CEPC wereapproved on first reading by ABET/EAC in July 2014. Following ABET/EAC procedures, theproposed CEPC will be published for open comment from November 2014 through June 2015and, once approved, would be in effect for the 2016-2017 accreditation cycle. The purpose ofthis paper is to provide civil engineering faculty, program directors and program evaluators, andother interested parties with a thorough understanding of the new criteria and an appreciation ofthe background leading to changes in the criteria. Such an understanding of the new criteriawould be highly beneficial to properly prepare for the new CEPC.The paper will include a detailed review of the proposed CEPC, a complete presentation ofimportant explanations and clarifications of the new CEPC, and a full discussion of thebackground for changes in the CEPC. Relationships between the program criteria and theABET/EAC General Criteria will also be presented, including specific similarities anddifferences between the various criteria, and the implications for a program and program’scurriculum. The basis for the paper is the new draft ASCE Commentary for Civil and SimilarlyNamed Programs. This draft document is currently under development by the CEPCTC and willserve as a key document in guiding civil engineering program directors and program evaluatorsin interpreting the key provisions of the new Civil Engineering Program Criteria.COORDINATING NOTE: This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request ofTom Lenox, the coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee's program for the CE Division ofASEE in 2015. It should be considered for inclusion in the session that Tom Lenox is organizingand moderating.

Fridley, K. J., & Lenox, T. A. (2015, June), Understanding the New Civil Engineering Program Criteria: Preparing to Prepare the Future Civil Engineer Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24962

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