Reforming Civil Engineering Education

by Robert M. Sykes, Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Ohio,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 7, Pg. 61-62

Document Type: Feature article


Modern professional practice requires a more thorough education in civil engineering technology and management. The schools can not provide on-the-job training. Nor can practitioners supplant educators in teaching and research. Further, because the schools must provide the intellectual foundation for an engineer's career, the tenor of formal education will always be theoretical. All reforms proposed to date would substantially increase the duration and expense of engineering education. Thus, reform will not occur unless the profession subsidizes it. While such subsidies would increase business costs, they would also give the practitioner the influence he desires over engineering education and research.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Engineering firms | Professional practice | Training | Foundations | Professional development | Business administration

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