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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 is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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 theCollege 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

The Student Outcomes support the program educational objectives and achievement of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

The Student Outcomes for the Civil Engineering program are defined as the ABET Criterion 3.1-7 Outcomes. Graduates of the Civil Engineering program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • 3.1: identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • 3.2: apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • 3.3: communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • 3.4: recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • 3.5: function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • 3.6: develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • 3.7: acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Annual Student Enrollment

CVEN graduates
Civil Engineering Count by Major Data
Fall 2014* 0
Fall 2015 37
Fall 2016 56
Fall 2017 71
Fall 2018 82
Fall 2019 87

 *First year of the program.

Graduation Data

CVEN enrollment
Civil Engineering Graduation Data
2016-2017* 5
2017-2018 6
2018-2019 8
2019-2020 14

*First program graduate - Spring 2017