ERIC Number: ED247089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
How Virginia Can Best Maintain High Quality Engineering Programs in its Public Institutions of Higher Education. Report of the Joint Subcommittee Studying...to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. Senate Document No. 15.
Virginia State General Assembly, Richmond.
This report, based on a study of engineering education in Virginia, presents information on the status of engineering programs in the state, women and minorities in engineering, research in engineering, recruitment and retention of engineering faculty, perspectives of business and industry, and the effect of the "crisis" in engineering education on state engineering schools. Eleven major recommendations are also presented. The study (summarized in an appendix) examined various aspects of engineering education at Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, including budgets, equipment, graduate and undergraduate enrollment, indicators of academic quality, graduate employment, faculty salaries, faculty position openings and personnel actions, and estimates of additional resources. Findings suggest the decline in the quality of engineering education programs is due, in part, to obsolete equipment and facilities, insufficient space, and a shortage of qualified faculty. Therefore the 11 recommendations focus on maintaining quality programs. Features of such quality programs are contingent upon adequate facilities, quality of graduate students, state-of-the-art equipment and computational capability, and qualified faculty, all of which, in turn, necessitates adequate funding of engineering schools. (JN)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State General Assembly, Richmond.
Identifiers: Engineering Curriculum; Virginia