The Civil Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org
. ABET is a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) program at Oregon Institute of Technology is to prepare students for professional practice. To be prepared to practice as professionals, engineers must be able to act responsibly and ethically, understand their limits and the limits of the tools they use, communicate effectively, work well in teams, and, amid the changing landscape of the field of civil engineering, be able to pursue graduate level education.
The following objectives are what the faculty expects graduates from the program to be able to accomplish a few years after the commencement of their careers and stem directly from the program mission. The alumni from the BSCE program at Oregon Tech should:
- practice in civil engineering or a related field.
- pursue advanced education in civil engineering or a related field.
- act as responsible, effective, and ethical citizens.
- communicate effectively.
- collaborate effectively.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
From these objectives, stem a number of specific and measurable outcomes. In addition to being more specific, the outcomes state what students should be able to demonstrate while in the program and provide evidence that the objectives are also being met.
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility as well as the importance of professional licensure
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skill, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
- an ability to explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership
- an ability to evaluate concepts and ideas from alternative perspectives
The curriculum map for the civil engineering program can be found on the program's web page on the Oregon Tech web site.
Summary of Student Learning Outcomes
During the 2011-12 academic year, the Civil Engineering faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the attached annual report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.