ERIC Number: ED032014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
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Mineral Engineering Education in the West.
Borgmann, Carl W.; Bartram, John W.
A large percentage of all US degrees in mineral engineering fields are awarded by 14 institutions of higher education in 13 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. But low undergraduate enrollments in the mineral engineering curricula have increased per-student costs at most of these schools. Eight of the institutions must either continue their current mineral engineering programs, find ways to increase undergraduate enrollments, or discontinue the programs. This problem was the basis for a study of these institutions in which data were gathered and processed on operating budgets, degrees awarded, and enrollment figures. The findings of the study are presented in this report, with 4 recommendations for tackling this common economic problem: (1) the 8 institutions should enter into an agreement that would permit residents of any of the states to enroll as resident students in an institution of another of the states, (2) Hawaii, California, and Oregon should consider offering scholarships for qualified residents who wish to study mineral engineering at the undergraduate level, (3) the 8 institutions should explore the possibility of a cooperative recruiting effort to attract out-of-state students, and (4) state agencies should contemplate the feasibility of federal scholarships for nonresident students who are motivated toward undergraduate programs in mineral education. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.