Focused on the Future Civil Engineering, July-August 2015 Engineering leaders say the motive for Raise the Bar "is entirely about the future" – based on what engineers will be expected to know and to do, and how they will be trained.
Mandated Master's Degrees Could Change the Engineering Game US News & World Report, March 17, 2014 Brad Aldrich, owner of a civil firm in Vermont, says young engineers with only a four-year bachelor’s degree don’t have the depth of knowledge a firm really needs.
Reengineering the Foundation for Our Future
Civil Engineering, July-August 2013
Then ASCE President Greg DiLoreto talks about how the Raise the Bar Initiative supports the Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 and cites the
letter of support from Richard Fox, Chairman of CDM Smith, outlining challenges for future PEs.
Professional Engineers’ License Debate Grows in Intensity Engineering News-Record, Oct. 22, 2012
This overview of the initiative to raise educational requirements for engineering licensure examines the perspectives of both proponents, such as ASCE, and opponents.
International Mission to Europe Reinforces Global Commitment to Sustainability, Infrastructure and Raising the Bar
ASCE News, July 2012
ASCE leaders met with engineering association counterparts in the United Kingdom, France, Norway, and Germany in the summer of 2012 to discuss common strategic issues, including raising educational standards for professional engineering practice.
Steeper Ascent: Should a Master's be the Minimum for Engineers?
ASEE PRISM, Summer 2012 (American Society for Engineering Education)
ASCE 2012 President Blaine Leonard is interviewed as part of the article’s examination of Raise the Bar. "Our jobs are getting more complex, and those who say they're not getting more complex have their heads in the sand," Leonard said.
Message From the President: Raise the Bar –
It’s Time for Change
ASCE News, May 2012
“In the past 60 years, the world has indeed changed. It’s time that we in engineering keep pace with these changes,” wrote 2012 ASCE President Andy Herrmann, who details several reasons why educational standards need to increase.
The Future of Engineering Licensure
Civil Engineering, March 2012
2012 ASCE President Andy Herrmann talks about why additional credit hours are needed for licensed practice and notes how this goal has the support of other associations affiliated with engineering education and licensure.
Raising the Bar for Engineering: Why ABET Is Necessary but Not SufficientPublished in the proceedings of the 122nd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition and prepared under the auspices of the ASCE Task Committee on the Educational Requirements for Licensure of the ASCE Raise the Bar Committee, June 2015. The paper was authored by Stephen Ressler, P.E. Ph.D. and Thomas A. Lenox, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE
Comparison of Today’s EAC/ABET Engineering Degree Criteria to Future Capabilities Recommended in NSPE’s Engineering Body of Knowledge
Prepared under the auspices of the ASCE Task Committee on the Educational Requirements for Licensure of the ASCE Raise the Bar Committee, April 2015 and authored by Stuart G. Walesh, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, D.WRE, F.NSPE
Comparison of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for Entry into Professional Practice With the Proposed Accreditation Criteria for Civil Engineering Programs
Prepared under the auspices of the ASCE Task Committee on the Educational Requirements for Licensure of the ASCE Raise the Bar Committee, March 2015 and authored by Thomas A. Lenox, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, and Allen C. Estes, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
Example Pathways to 30 Credits: Alternatives to a Master's Degree under "Master's or Equivalent"
Prepared by ASCE Equivalent 30 Credits Task Committee of the ASCE Raise the Bar Committee, September 2014
This report lays out five scenarios illustrating the equivalent 30 credits path for engineers pursuing licensure.
To Raise the Bar or Not: Addressing the Opposition
Col. Stephen J. Ressler, Ph.D., the head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy, addresses opposition points of view in this paper presented at the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education annual conference.
Raise the Bar: Strengthening the Civil Engineering Profession
This compilation of papers provides engineering educators and practitioners with a synopsis of the Raise the Bar initiative to redefine the preparation of the engineer of the 21st century.
Want to learn more? Visit the Raise the Bar website and
watch the video.