The ABET "Professional Skills" — Can They Be Taught? Can They Be Assessed?

TitleThe ABET "Professional Skills" — Can They Be Taught? Can They Be Assessed?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsShuman, LJ, Besterfield-Sacre, M, McGourty, J
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published2005
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
KeywordsABET , Assessment , education , ENGINEERING , ENGINEERS , INDUSTRIAL , LEARNING , professional , technology
AbstractIn developing its new engineering accreditation criteria, ABET reaffirmed a set of "hard" engineering skills while introducing a second, equally important, set of six "professional" skills. These latter skills include communication, teamwork, and understanding ethics and professionalism, which we label process skills, and engineering within a global and societal context, lifelong learning, and a knowledge of contemporary issues, which we designate as awareness skills. We review these skills with an emphasis on how they can be taught, or more correctly learned, citing a number of examples of successful and/or promising implementations. We then examine the difficult issue of assessing these skills. 
NotesShuman, Larry J. 1; Email Address: Besterfield-Sacre, Mary 2; Email Address: McGourty, Jack 3; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh 2: Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh 3: Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Columbia University; Source Info: Jan2005, Vol. 94 Issue 1, p41; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: INDUSTRIAL arts; Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY; Subject Term: ENGINEERS; Subject Term: LEARNING; Subject Term: EDUCATION; Author-Supplied Keyword: ABET; Author-Supplied Keyword: assessment; Author-Supplied Keyword: professional skills; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611710 Educational Support Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 923110 Administration of Education Programs; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction; Number of Pages: 15p; Document Type: Article