DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS PLAN
The Mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of
New Orleans is to provide high quality educational programs in civil engineering that serve the
needs of qualified students, the Greater New Orleans area, and the State of Louisiana.
Civil engineers historically have played a vital role in the development of the New Orleans
Metropolitan area and in the protection of its inhabitants against the diseases and hazards
associated with polluted water, poor drainage and floods caused by the tropical storms, as well as
by the Mississippi River. This urban area provides a unique challenge to civil and environmental
engineers. UNO Civil Engineering graduates must design flood protection, shore protection,
roads, bridges, buildings and sewers in an ecologically sensitive region that is subject to
hurricanes, coastal erosion, unstable soils and subsidence rates of nearly 1 cm/year.
The undergraduate and graduate programs provide engineering education and research in the
areas of structural, water resources, environmental, geotechnical and highway engineering.
Academic programs offered through the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
the B.S. degree in civil engineering,
the M.S. degree in environmental engineering, and
a concentration of courses and research in civil and environmental engineering for the
M.S. in Engineering and the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences programs.
Graduates of these programs successfully practice the profession of civil engineering and/or seek
advanced studies in this field. The graduates of these programs have the educational background
necessary to engage in engineering projects in the challenging natural environment of southern
Louisiana. The knowledge acquired will also allow them to successfully practice the profession
of civil and environmental engineering throughout the United States.
Reviewed by faculty (Date____ Chair’s Initials ___)
Donald Barbe’, Ph.D., P.E.
Chair, Department of Civil and
Russell Trahan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering
CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will provide qualified
faculty to teach courses in undergraduate and graduate programs for civil
and environmental engineering.
Objective 1.1. Provide quality instruction using full time and part time faculty with
appropriate degrees and expertise in the subject material for all Civil and
Environmental Engineering courses.
Strategy 1.1.1. Recruit faculty with appropriate credentials and include a mix of
practitioners with recognized expertise.
Strategy 1.1.2. Monitor the undergraduate course offerings in Civil and
Environmental Engineering to ensure accreditation criteria set by
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and SACS
Strategy 1.1.3. Provide quality graduate course offerings in civil and
environmental engineering taught by members of the graduate
Strategy 1.1.4. A course portfolio will be required and peer reviewed for all
graduate and undergraduate courses. The peer review process will
be revised to provide quantitative results.
Objective 1.2. All faculty and instructors will receive no lower than 3 out of 5 on all
questions of the Instructor/Course Student Evaluations.
Strategy 1.3.1. Monitor all ENCE classes’ Student Instruction/Course Evaluations.
Objective 1.3. The department will average .5 teaching improvement seminars attended
per full-time faculty, per year. Seminars offered by the College of
Engineering, by the University, and by other relevant institutions would all
fulfill this requirement.
Strategy 1.4.1. All faculty will adhere to the continuing education requirements of
professional engineering registration
Strategy 1.4.2. Publicize teaching improvement seminar opportunities, and
support full time faculty who want to attend these seminars.
Faculty Activity Report
Peer review of course portfolios
Student instructor/course evaluations
Goal 2. The Department’s full-time faculty will secure program support through
grants and contracts, and serve as members of graduate degree examination
Objective 2.1. Maintain an average expenditure of research funding of $200,000 per full-
time faculty per year.
Strategy 2.1.1. Use success on grant and research contract proposals for
promotion, tenure, and merit pay.
Strategy 2.1.2. Consider grants providing support for graduate students and the
enhancement of facilities will be considered as having more merit
than those that do not.
Objective 2.2. The department will average 1.5 refereed papers or conference
proceedings per full-time faculty per year.
Strategy 2.2.1. Faculty publication records will be used in considerations for
promotion, tenure, and merit pay.
Objective 2.3. All Civil and Environmental Engineering thesis and non-thesis defense
committees will be composed of a minimum of 2 full-time faculty
Strategy 2.3.1. Full-time faculty will support the graduate program by
volunteering to be members of ENCE student thesis committees;
this activity will be appraised annually in the faculty activity
Faculty activity reports
Goal 3. The full-time faculty will participate in professional activities to enhance
personal development and to enhance the reputation of the Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Objective 3.1. The department will average two memberships in professional
organizations per full-time faculty.
Strategy 3.1.1. The Department will support participation by full-time faculty in
professional societies and, when funds are available, will allow
them to be used for memberships and trips to conferences and
seminars. In particular, the Department will provide information to
full-time faculty on local professional meetings and support their
Strategy 3.1.2. The department will encourage participation on journal editorial
boards and participation on national technical committees/task
Objective 3.2. The Department will require that all full-time faculty maintain their
Professional Engineering licenses.
Strategy 3.2.1. New faculty will be appointed with a stipulation that they become
registered professional engineers within 4 years of their
Strategy 3.2.2. Assistant professors will be required to become licensed as
registered professional engineers before being considered for
promotion and/or tenure.
Faculty Activity Report
Goal 4. The Department will support the urban mission of the university with special
emphasis on serving non-traditional students.
Objective 4.1. Offer classes in the evenings, on weekends, and on the internet in order to
meet the needs of non-traditional students.
Strategy 4.1.1. Courses will be offered in the evening every semester.
Strategy 4.1.2. Every required undergraduate course will be offered in the evening
on a rotating basis: one semester every 2 years.
Strategy 4.1.3. Develop and implement a time-line for all course offerings,
undergraduate and graduate.
Objective 4.2 Offer at least one off-campus credit or professional development course
annually at a location convenient to working engineers.
Strategy 4.2.1. Develop program of courses to be offered at the New Orleans
District Corps of Engineers
Strategy 4.2.2. Use qualified adjunct faculty in industry and at locations targeted
for off-campus courses.
Objective 4.3 The department will improve customer service and student retention.
Strategy 4.3.1. Require all staff members receive Customer Service with Jazz
Strategy 4.3.2. Monitor student progress through the civil engineering
Strategy 4.3.3. Improve and expand the department’s student advising system.
Exit interview and/or Advisory board review
Class Schedule Bulletin
Student Retention Records
Customer Service Training Attendance Records
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1. The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering will provide high quality
education for undergraduate students.
Objective 1.1. Match the national average pass rate for the Civil Engineering
Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) National Council of Examiners for
Engineering and Surveying exam.
Strategy 1.1.1. Require all students to take the F.E. exam in their senior year and
strongly encourage them to take the discipline-specific afternoon
portion of the exam.
Strategy 1.1.2. Exceed the national average scores on the F.E. morning exam
questions that are directly related to the program’s major areas.
These areas include: computers, statics, mechanics of materials,
fluid mechanics, and engineering economics.
Strategy 1.1.3. Exceed the national average scores on the F.E. afternoon exam
questions that cover the following subjects: structural
analysis/design, soil mechanics and foundations, hydraulics and
hydrologic systems, water purification and treatment, and
(i) Objective 1.2. Maintain a reputation for a program of excellence, compatible with ABET
objectives and criteria.
Strategy 1.2.1. Maintain continuous ABET accreditation.
Strategy 1.2.2. Continuously improve ENCE courses corresponding to the ABET
Strategy 1.2.3. Submit proposals of at least $25,000 per year for laboratory
Strategy 1.2.4. Charge the Department’s Resources and Facilities Committee C
with identifying and prioritizing laboratory needs.
Strategy 1.2.5. Work with the College of Engineering to identify and monitor
possible sources of funding.
Objective 1.3 Provide a curriculum that meets the educational needs for professional
practice of civil engineering.
Strategy 1.3.1. Maintain an active advisory board and require an annual review of
Strategy 1.3.2. Provide a continuous review of the curriculum by the
Department’s Courses and Curriculum Committee A.
NCEES F.E. Exam Results
Senior Seminar Course Results
Advisory Board Review
Peer Review of Course Portfolios
Goal 2. The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering will prepare students for the
practice of civil and environmental engineering.
Objective 2.1. At least 90 percent of all graduates will be employed in civil engineering a
related field of engineering, or will attend graduate school.
Strategy 2.1.1. Keep the curriculum relevant to the current and anticipated needs
for the practice of civil engineering by introducing new courses as
needed, and by regularly revising the content of existing ones.
Strategy 2.1.2. Monitor new course content to reflect industry needs.
Strategy 2.1.3. Keep track of employment trends for students and graduates.
Strategy 2.1.4. Monitor Civil and Environmental Engineering graduates for PE
Objective 2.2. Employers will rate graduates of the program above average (3.0 on a
scale from 1 to 5).
Strategy 2.2.1. Survey employers each year to rate the preparation of UNO civil
Strategy 2.2.2. Have practicing professional engineers teach at least two courses
Strategy 2.2.3. Request an Advisory Board Review of the curriculum for entry
level employment needs.
Strategy 2.2.4 Improve course content to reflect professional practice
PE Registration of graduates
Advisory Board Review
Class Schedule Bulletin
Goal 3. The Bachelor of Science program in Civil Engineering will support the urban
mission of the university with special emphasis on serving non-traditional
students in both instruction and research.
Objective 3.1. Offer classes and seminars at non-traditional times on a rotating schedule
to meet the needs and to make courses accessible to working students
(evenings, Saturdays, and on line courses).
Strategy 3.1.1. Develop a schedule of courses to ensure accessibility to working
Strategy 3.1.2. Identify and seek support for off-campus course offerings
Strategy 3.1.3 Develop online courses.
Objective 3.2. Maintain visibility in the professional community.
Strategy 3.2.1. Present student’s work and research projects to the Advisory
Strategy 3.2.2. Invite the Advisory Board members to participate in student
presentations and critique of the capstone design course.
Strategy 3.2.3. Maintain the Civil and Environmental Engineering department
Strategy 3.2.4..Initiate a student recruitment plan consistent with the University
Objective 3.3 The department will improve customer service and the rate of student
retention in the department. This objective supports UNO’s Quality
Enhancement Plan (QEP).
Strategy 3.3.1. Ensure that all staff members receive Customer Service with Jazz
Strategy 3.3.2. Monitor student progress through the civil engineering
Strategy 3.3.3. Improve and expand the department’s student advising system.
Advisory Board minutes
Departmental web site statistics
Goal 4. Provide a B.S. program that is compatible with the schedules of the diverse
student body and that includes extracurricular opportunities which
compliment the education of civil engineers.
Objective 4.1. Students surveyed each year will rate their opinion of the ENCE program
as 3 out of 5 or higher.
Strategy 4.1.1. Increase student opportunities.
Strategy 4.1.2. Support the activities of the student chapter of ASCE.
Strategy 4.1.3. Request industry sponsorship of student projects and conference
Strategy 4.1.4. Include industry field trips within courses as part of extracurricular
Strategy 4.1.5 Make a departmental representative available for advising beyond
Student Course/Instructor Evaluations
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1. The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering degree program will
offer courses and research activities to provide for the highly specialized
expertise needed to solve environmental problems directly related to urban
Objective 1.1. Graduates will have the necessary skills to compete for jobs at the national
level and in the New Orleans metropolitan area with 90 percent or more
finding employment as environmental engineers.
Strategy 1.1.1. Graduates of the program will receive a foundation in
environmental engineering. This will be achieved by providing
course offerings to accommodate new and continuing students.
Strategy 1.1.2. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s Advisory
Board will include environmental professionals from industry and
government and will be charged with the task of continuously
reviewing this program for relevance.
Objective 1.2. Graduates will have the academic background and motivation to become
licensed as Professional Engineers (PE in Environmental Engineering) and
at least 70 percent will achieve registration as PE’s within 4 years of
Strategy 1.2.1. The program of course requirements will provide the foundations
and basic knowledge students will need to pass the NCEES
Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam in
Strategy 1.2.2. Emphasize the importance of the PE Exam, and use problem
solving with abundant examples of PE-Exam type problems
throughout the program’s course work.
Employment as environmental engineers
Registration of graduates as PE in Environmental Engineering
Advisory Board meeting minutes
Goal 2. The program will provide for specialization within the field of environmental
engineering through focused research.
Objective 2.1. Graduates of the program will actively participate in technology transfer
Strategy 2.1.1. Graduates will participate in national and local professional
conferences and meetings, where they will present their work.
Strategy 2.1.2. Graduates will submit technical papers for publication in refereed
Strategy 2.1.3. Graduates will prepare technical reports to be submitted to funding
agencies for possible publication as project monographs.
Objective 2.2. The student research will provide advancement of the knowledge-base of
Strategy 2.2.1. Students will participate in state-of-the-art research projects in
their respective areas of specialization.
Strategy 2.2.2. To graduate, students will be required to present a successful
defense of their research before a panel of faculty and experts in
the environmental engineering field.
Objective 2.3. Prepare qualified students for advanced graduate work.
Strategy 2.3.1. Provide quality academic instruction in the program.
Strategy 2.3.2. Provide a state-of-the-art research program.
Publication of technical papers
Presentations at professional meetings
Defense of Master’s theses
Acceptance into Ph.D. programs
Goal 3. The program will support the University's urban mission by providing
educational access to qualified non-traditional and/or traditional students in
the New Orleans region.
Objective 3.1. Schedule classes at times available to the full-time and the working part-
Strategy 3.1.1. Provide a significant number of courses after working hours to
meet the needs of students with full or part-time jobs.
Strategy 3.1.2. Use a rotation schedule to enable part-time students to complete an
academic program through evening courses.
Objective 3.2. Offer courses frequently at off campus sites to provide better access to
Strategy 3.2.1. Offer courses at locations with large numbers of working
Strategy 3.2.2. Employ adjunct faculty with expertise and terminal degrees to
Course evaluations by students
Review of course schedules (evening & off campus sites)
Peer evaluation of course portfolios