Quantifiable given the curriculum and the student's performance. What did you think I was talking about? The engineering curriculum isn't like English or fine arts; it's pretty easy to tell how a student has performed given what is required for the discipline, and how that performance stacks up against, say, the class of 73. I doubt anybody is getting "smarter," whatever you mean by that. But the kids I teach day in and day out are certainly not getting dumber. Yes, they have access to much more information than we did. But information won't help if you don't know what to do with it. And, as you know, I wasn't talking about being able to quantify anybody getting smarter, but about the performance of today's engineering students compared to, say, the Babyboomers.