ASCE’s Raise the Bar initiative
seeks to advance the civil engineering profession and protect the public
welfare by actively supporting the need for additional education and relevant
experience for future professional practice as a civil engineer.
For decades, ASCE has
been central to examining and shaping civil engineering education. Through its forward-thinking Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, ASCE has defined
the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that civil engineers need for entry into
ASCE affirmed what the
National Academy of Engineering had also concluded, back in 2005:
The exploding body of science and engineering knowledge
cannot be accommodated within the context of the traditional four-year
baccalaureate degree. - Educating the
Engineer of 2020
U.S. civil engineers currently
rely on an early-1900s educational model to face 21st century challenges.
education of the present—a four-year undergraduate degree—will not be
sufficient to prepare civil engineers to address the civil engineering
challenges of the future.
educational requirements for professional civil engineers requires an
accredited bachelor's degree in engineering. To fulfill the Civil Engineering
Body of Knowledge, Raise the Bar promotes:
The complex challenges
facing 21st-century society will require professional civil engineers to
advance their technical excellence and professional leadership to continue to
protect the public. Future civil engineers will need to master many newer
fields, such as sustainability, computer applications, advanced materials,
nanotechnology, and the like.
A need for expanded
engineers need greater breadth and depth of knowledge, but that becomes
increasingly difficult as that body of engineering knowledge continues to
explode. Civil engineers must deal with an ever-growing number of technical,
environmental, and social factors to address infrastructure challenges.
Society expects more— Every other learned profession has recognized the need to require education beyond the
bachelor’s degree as their body of
knowledge expanded. The time has come for engineering—with its broad impact on
public health and safety—to recognize that need as well.
hours are insufficient—The
credit hours required to earn the traditional four-year undergraduate
engineering degree have decreased significantly, from more than 145 in 1950 to about 128 today. The
expanding technical and professional knowledge required by engineers will no
longer fit in this shrinking curriculum.
skills— Civil engineers with
enhanced technical, leadership, communications, and business skills will give
the profession more effective project teams, generating improved operations and
service. That becomes particularly important to a civil engineering employer.
Want to learn more? Visit the Raise the Bar website and
watch the video.