ABET Assessment Information

The mission, goals, program educational objectives, and student learning outcomes, along with enrollment and graduation information, of the Bachelor Science degree program in Civil Engineering (BSCE) are provided below. The BSCE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.ABET logo

Mission:

The mission of the BSCE is to provide an outstanding, practice-oriented education in civil engineering.

Goal:

The goal of the program is to educate students in an inspirational environment, enabling them to begin their professional careers as competent and thoughtful civil engineers.

Program Educational Objectives:

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The objectives of this program are to prepare graduates to --

  1. ethically apply their hands-on, practice-oriented civil engineering education to succeed professionally;
  2. engage in lifelong learning through graduate education, professional development, and/or active involvement in professional organizations; and
  3. communicate effectively on multi-disciplinary teams to address diverse challenges, creating solutions that serve the general public.

The program educational objectives are consistent with the University Mission, which is: "As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success." By preparing students to "ethically apply their hands-on, practice-oriented civil engineering education to succeed professionally," the program offers individuals the opportunity to realize their highest professional aspirations. This professional success is assured to continue by preparing students to "engage in lifelong learning through graduate education, professional development, and/or active involvement in professional organizations" . Through a contemporary civil engineering education that stimulates students to "communicate effectively on multi-disciplinary teams to address diverse challenges, creating solutions that serve the general public", the program provides an incredible opportunity for a career that provides an invaluable service to society.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Student learning outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These outcomes relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The student learning outcomes required by ABET and assessed in Civil Engineering are:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Information

The table below shows the most recent enrollment and graduation data compiled by the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) in 2014.

Enrollment
Cohort Entering Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Undergraduate Students 655 683 666 712 677
Graduate Students 53 54 83 50 63
Total 708 737 749 762 740
Graduation Rate: First-Time Freshmen
Cohort Entering Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Entering Students 72 61 73 94 78
4-Year Graduation Rate 7% 10% 4% 2% 1%
5-Year Graduation Rate 21% 21% 14% 21% -
6-Year Graduation Rate 39% 33% 29% - -
Graduation Rate: Undergraduate Transfers
Cohort Entering Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Entering Students 60 67 94 85 61
2-Year Graduation Rate 3% 1% 4% 1% 0%
3-Year Graduation Rate 37% 25% 29% 39% -
4-Year Graduation Rate 62% 46% 60% - -
Degrees Conferred 
Academic Year 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Undergraduate Students 94 101 73 119 113
Graduate Students 8 11 13 18 27
Total 102 112 86 137 140

If you have any questions about any of the above information, please contact Dr. Ben Fell, Civil Engineering Department Chair, at (916) 278-8139 or fellb@csus.edu.