Not making the grade: Expansive soils and higher education in Texas

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Expansive soils are a serious geologic hazard in Texas; accordingly, one would expect Texas engineering colleges to offer a strong educational program on expansive soils at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. However, data from the geotechnical programs within the civil engineering departments of Texas engineering colleges suggest that while Texas educational programs cover the topic of expansive soils in varying degrees, the educational effort is highly skewed toward traditional geotechnical and foundation issues. In most cases, treatment of the expansive soil problem is limited and is not adequate when measured against the scope and extent of expansive soil problems in Texas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-256
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Engineering education
  • Expansive soils
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Graduate study
  • Texas
  • Undergraduate study
  • Unsaturated soils


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