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Fulfillment & Validation of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge

Distance learning could someday eclipse conventional on-campus programs as the most common means of attaining engineering education beyond the bachelor's degree. Others may choose to attain the Body of Knowledge (BOK) through a combination of campus-based education and courses offered by nontraditional providers. A critical challenge in including nontraditional approaches to acquiring the BOK is to ensure that the education provided by these organizations meets the standards of learning assessment, quality, and rigor found in accredited engineering programs at colleges and universities. This report (1) recommends means to validate the fulfillment of the BOK attained through alternative education providers such as corporate universities, public agencies, and professional societies and (2) explains how to describe, measure, and assess the quality of this type of education. Fulfillment & Validation of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (April 2005).