Why Raise the Bar?
A Commitment to Engineering Excellence
The complex challenges facing 21st-century society will require professional engineers (PEs) to advance their technical excellence and professional leadership. The engineering education of the present—a four-year undergraduate degree—will not be sufficient to prepare the licensed professional engineers of the future.
A need for expanded knowledge
PEs need greater breadth and depth of knowledge, leadership, and vision to address the increasingly complex challenges facing society.
Society expects more
Every other learned profession has recognized the need to require education beyond the bachelor’s degree. The time has come for engineering—with its broad impact— to recognize that need as well.
Current education hours are insufficient
The credits required to earn the traditional four-year undergraduate engineering degree have decreased significantly. The expanding technical and professional knowledge required by engineers can no longer be learned within a four-year bachelor’s degree experience.
Enhanced leadership skills
PEs with enhanced technical, leadership, communications, and business skills will give the profession more effective project teams, generating improved operations and service.
Engineering licensure boards say “Raise the Bar”
The organization representing licensure boards has changed its model state licensure law to require (no earlier than 2020) additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree for newly licensed professional engineers.
- Seeing the Future, Looking Back—Compare today’s engineering education to other professions, and learn what’s happening to required credit hours.
- 10 Key Impacts, Issues—Understand the issues and impacts in Raising the Bar.
- Licensure Boards Vote for Change—Learn how the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying made history with its model law to Raise the Bar.
- Engineering Bodies of Knowledge—Discover how engineering bodies of knowledge define the foundation for engineering.