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Civil Engineering ABET Accreditation

ABET Status

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET, is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years.

The Civil Engineering (CVEN) program at Tarleton State University, which began in Fall 2014, will be eligible to seek accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, upon its first graduate which was in Spring 2017.

CVEN Mission

The mission of the Civil Engineering program at Tarleton State University is to prepare the students to work competently as an engineer in Civil Engineering related industries and consulting firms, for engineering licensure and for graduate studies through a rigorous curriculum utilizing modern analytical tools, hands-on laboratory experiences and field applications. The program includes the following broad fields of specialization: structural engineering, transportation engineering, construction engineering, hydrology and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, materials, and mechanics. Throughout the program students develop their ability to communicate effectively in a team-oriented, project-driven environment. Additional studies in ethics and sustainability design develop students’ ability to understand the responsibilities to public safety and to protect the environment. 

The mission of the CVEN program aligns with the mission of the College of Science and Technology, as well as the mission of Tarleton State University.

CVEN Program Educational Objectives

Program objectives, as defined by ABET, are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments the program is preparing graduates to achieve, i.e. what we expect the graduates to be doing in the first few years after graduation.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the Civil Engineering program were developed based upon the needs of our constituents to meet the knowledge, skills and values desired in both industry and graduate school. These PEOs are aligned with the mission of the university, the college, and the program. The Civil Engineering program PEOs are as follows:

  • DEPTH AND BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE: the graduate demonstrates a depth and breadth of knowledge and skills and are able to synthesize that knowledge for the practice of, or for advanced study in, Civil Engineering.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: graduates work and communicate effectively in team-oriented, project-management-driven environments, uphold ethical standards and participate in professional development.
  • LEADERSHIP AND LIFELONG LEARNING: graduates take on leadership roles, advance in their careers and demonstrate an attitude of lifelong learning.

Strategies to prepare graduates to achieve the PEOs include modeling of these behaviors by faculty, facilitation preparation and requiring students to take the FE exam, and providing opportunities for interactions with industry professionals and graduate program representatives. Evidence to support achievement includes FE and PE performance and maintaining contact with program alumni through social media and Tarleton's alumni association.

CVEN Student Outcomes

Student outcomes, as defined by ABET, are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.

The Program Outcomes for the Civil Engineering program are defined as the ABET Criterion 3 A-K Outcomes:

  • 3A: an ability to apply knowledge of math, engineering & science
  • 3B: an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 3C: an ability to design system, component or process to meet needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • 3D: an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • 3E: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • 3F: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • 3G: an ability to communicate effectively
  • 3H: the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • 3I: a recognition of need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • 3J: a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • 3K: an ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Annual Student Enrollment

Civil Engineering
Count by Major Data
Fall 2014* 0
Fall 2015 37
Fall 2016 54
Fall 2017

 *First year of program.

Graduation Data

Civil Engineering
Graduation Data
2016-2017* 5

*First program graduate - Spring 2017