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Technical Communication, Engineering, and ABET’s Engineering Criteria 2000: What Lies Ahead?

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Recent changes in the profession of engineering have created a climate of change in engineering programs at colleges and universities. As a result, communication skills have increasingly become the focus of engineering curricular revisions. Much of the force behind the revisions has come from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Engineering Criteria 2000. Communication is one of 11 student learning outcomes that every accredited engineering program must document, and professional engineers in industry and business have urged engineering educators to incorporate communication into technical courses. This article outlines the changes to engineering education that have been prompted by changes in ABET accreditation criteria. The article stresses that professional technical communicators have a significant role to play in the development of engineering communication, and the article concludes with suggestions for technical communicators in both academe and industry.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-02-01

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