(From the NCEES publication LICENSURE EXCHANGE, April 2015, ISSN NO. 1093-541X, VOLUME 19, ISSUE 2 – PAGE 10)
The NCEES ENGINEERING EDUCATION STANDARD has recently been revised. The standard was originally developed by an NCEES advisory group of member board members and administrators and NCEES staff; it was first implemented on January 1, 2011. Since then, it has been used to evaluate thousands of non-ABET-accredited engineering degree programs from all over the world.
The 2014–15 Committee on Education was charged with reviewing the standard and recommended making several revisions. The most significant change is the addition of up to 6 credits of courses in management, accounting, written and oral communication, and business and law; these can now be included in the General Education category. At its February 2015 meeting, the NCEES board of directors voted to approve the revisions to the standard as recommended by the Education Committee. The revised Engineering Education Standard went into effect on April 1, 2015.
“The Credentials Evaluations Department will still use set criteria for the types of education it can evaluate,” explained Stef Goodenow, director of member services for NCEES. “However, the department can evaluate any combination of education if a member board provides permission. Traditionally, engineering technology degrees, by themselves, do not meet the NCEES standard.”
The revised Engineering Education Standard is available online at ncees.org/credentials-evaluations.