ERIC Number: ED218143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Engineering Continuing Education: Needs in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.
This study is based on two surveys, one mailed to over 23,000 Washington, D.C. area engineers comprising the area membership of eight engineering professional societies and another sent to several thousand area organizations considered likely to employ engineers. In addition to assessing specific needs for various kinds of engineering education, the two surveys also examined the perceived effectiveness of current and past offerings. In designing and analyzing the questionnaire for the survey, previous questionnaires on engineering education needs were studied along with literature on questionnaire design and continuing education needs of engineers. A questionnaire was prepared, reviewed, piloted, and revised (including an appendix with responses). Some of the major conclusions reached are as follows: (1) About two-thirds of the engineers surveyed believed that the education engineering students received would be improved by a shift toward a professional school model; (2) The colleges or universities regarded as being most effective were schools with local main campuses rather than extension campuses of in-state or out-of-state schools; (3) Live programs offered by universities at the place of employment also were considered very effective; and (4) Area employers of engineers generally were supportive of further continuing education for their professional staff and wanted more opportunities. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA.
Identifiers: District of Columbia; National Science Foundation