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Strategic Initiatives

ASCE has established three strategic initiatives to help achieve its vision and mission:

Raise the grades on America's infrastructure

The issue:
For years the U.S. has neglected its infrastructure, placing the public health and safety at risk and holding back the nation’s economic growth and competitiveness.

The future ASCE wants to see: 
The public and its elected and appointed officials understand the role of infrastructure in the nation’s well-being and advancement. Policies and funding are in place and implemented to enhance the capacity and condition of infrastructure in all its aspects. 

How ASCE plans to get there:
Upgrade ASCE’s advocacy at all levels; continue to report on the condition of the nation’s infrastructure; and help civil engineers serve as leaders in proposing practical solutions and funding mechanisms.   

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Raise the bar for future entry into professional engineering practice

The issue: 
The complex challenges facing 21st century society will require professional engineers to advance their technical excellence and professional leadership in order to continue to protect the public and improve its quality of life. The engineering education of the present—a four-year undergraduate degree—will not be sufficient to prepare licensed professional engineers for those future responsibilities. 

The future ASCE wants to see: 
Those entering the licensed professional practice of civil engineering in the future will have attained a recognized body of knowledge, typically fulfilled by an accredited undergraduate degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree or approximately 30 credits of graduate or upper level course work, and appropriate pre-licensure experience. 

How ASCE plans to get there: 
Establish appropriate civil engineering curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels and pre-licensure experience guidelines for the workplace, and effect the enactment of new state licensure laws that require additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree for newly licensed professional engineers. 

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Achieve a more sustainable natural and built environment

The issue: 
A sustainable built and natural environment is essential and achievable. That fact underscores the opportunity for civil engineers to embrace their evolving role as environmental stewards, life-cycle planners, and policy leaders and to become significant contributors to a sustainable world. 

The future ASCE wants to see: 
Civil engineers fully understand, embrace, and apply the principles and practices of sustainability in their work and serve as trusted, sought-after leaders and advisors in delivering environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable civil infrastructure.

How ASCE plans to get there: 
Foster sustainable practices in civil infrastructure through project and professional credentialing, integrating sustainability into engineering education, advocating for research, sharing knowledge worldwide, and fully integrating sustainability into ASCE policies. 

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