Assessing Attitudes Towards Raising the Bar
In 2010, ASCE conducted research among members and other affected stakeholders to assess the level of understanding and support for the "Raise the Bar" initiative. Funded by a grant from the ASCE Foundation, this research found strong support among ASCE members (74 percent favorable) for the need for more formal education for civil engineers in the future. Approximately half of those members agreed that additional education should be required for licensure, and support for that concept increased when the additional education would better prepare civil engineers in the areas of communications, business and leadership skills. The results of this research will allow the Board and its committees to more effectively engage ASCE members and stakeholders as the Society works to advance the "Raise the Bar" initiative.
ASCE Committees Advance "Raise the Bar" Initiative
Two ASCE committees furthered the "Raise the Bar" initiative by completing their work in 2010. The Body of Knowledge Experiential Fulfillment Committee developed a set of stand-alone guidelines to be followed by civil engineer interns during their pre-licensure career to meet the experiential requirements of the body of knowledge. The Body of Knowledge Educational Fulfillment Committee documented how current programs are incorporating the body of knowledge into their curriculum -- and provided consideration for future implementation of the body of knowledge in the university curriculum. A diverse group of civil engineering department heads, members of this committee came from universities of Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Southern California, Bucknell, Montana, Arizona, North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Institutes’ Academies Move Forward on Specialty Certifications
With the explosive growth in technology, civil engineers must develop increasingly specialized technical competence. ASCE's Institutes were established to meet the need for highly specialized educational and professional resources for civil engineers practicing in eight distinct fields of specialization. Academies have been developed within several Institutes to meet the need for a widely recognized post-licensure credential.
The Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers successfully launched its certification program in 2010, inducting nearly 100 Diplomates in three induction ceremonies.
The American Academy of Water Resources Engineers began its seventh year of operations. AAWRE has certified nearly 600 Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers to date.
The Academy of Geo-Professionals completed its body of knowledge to be used to help the admissions committee make decisions on who satisfies the requirements for Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering certification. The Academy has certified nearly 200 Diplomates to date.