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Update On Accend: Two Years Of Experience On The Accelerated Engineering Degrees (Accend) Program In Civil And Environmental Engineering At The University Of Cincinnati

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Conference

2005 Annual Conference

Location

Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

Start Date

June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Curriculum Development

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

10.1380.1 - 10.1380.10

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https://peer.asee.org/14490

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20

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Timothy Keener

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Anant Kukreti

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Eugene Rutz

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Abstract

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati initiated a combined five-year BS and MS degree program in Environmental Engineering (the Accelerated Engineering Degree (ACCEND) Program) beginning with the entering freshman class in 2003. This program combines cooperative education (co-op) and research experiences integrated within the traditional classroom education experience, and is in-line with recent recommendations concerning undergraduate education by the American Society of Civil Engineering and the National Academy of Engineering. Both of these groups have advocated a Master’s degree as the first professional degree for practicing engineers. The College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati has a long and distinguished history as a leader in engineering education. The College introduced cooperative engineering education in 1906, and has maintained a mandatory cooperative education system ever since. Our undergraduate programs span five academic years and includes an average of six co-op quarters for a typical baccalaureate degree. Our graduates are highly sought by employers. This paper presents the general structure of this degree program, its curriculum, marketing strategy, and the results of two years of implementation. The successful use of distance learning will be discussed as this is one of the cornerstone elements of the program which allows students to take courses while away from campus on their co-op sessions.

Keener, T., & Kukreti, A., & Rutz, E. (2005, June), Update On Accend: Two Years Of Experience On The Accelerated Engineering Degrees (Accend) Program In Civil And Environmental Engineering At The University Of Cincinnati Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14490

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