The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has adopted a revised set of accreditation criteria that is designed to ensure that graduates of accredited programs are prepared to enter the practice of engineering. The proposal also specifies that engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have an understanding of professional practice issues in addition to proficiency in specific subject areas that are tabulated in the civil engineering program criteria. The findings of this study indicate that engineering undergraduate and graduate students as well as practitioners perceive that four subject areas are of great importance for civil engineers: structural engineering, hydraulics/hydrology/water resources, engineering design, and mathematics through calculus and differential equations. In contrast, one area, chemistry, received lower ratings. Data suggest that the majority of subjects included in the civil engineering program criteria are considered by students and practitioners to have generally the same level of importance and should be included in the curriculum at an above average level. In particular, 81% of the subject areas included in the ABET civil engineering program criteria are rated by both students and practitioners with a composite score 3.1. This may be interpreted as strong support for the Engineering Criteria 2000 program requirements.


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  • Accession Number: 00800652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 21 2000 12:00AM