ABET-accredited civil engineering programmes following track system: Part I - survey and framework development


Civil engineering graduates face several challenges due to global and economic pressures, and rapid advances in technology. At the same time, many engineering education leaders and professional organisations are calling for engineering education reform to prepare civil engineering graduates to meet future challenges better. This article presents the development of a civil engineering curriculum based on the so-called track system. As an initial step in the curriculum development, 222 ABET-accredited programmes in the United States were surveyed. Further, in-depth survey and analysis of the 37 programmes were conducted. The research effort was devoted to identifying an approach to reform the civil engineering curriculum to cope with the foreseen challenges. Finally, the study proposes a framework for curriculum development based on the track approach within the ABET criteria.


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