ERIC Number: ED218156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-14
Reference Count: 0
No Federal Programs are Designed Primarily to Support Engineering Education, but Many Do.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Federal civilian agency support for engineering education in 1980 is described. The support is placed in categories, current concerns about the supply of engineers and conditions of engineering schools are related to the support, and the changes made by the fiscal year 1982 budget are identified. It was found that 38 programs in 11 federal agencies provided more than $240 million for engineering education in 1980. About 79 percent of this was from the U.S. Department of Education's Student Financial Assistance program. None of the programs were primarily intended to support engineering education per se. Most federal funding was related to concerns about the supply of engineers. Comparatively little was related to how well the engineering schools are doing. Fiscal year 1982 funding should not substantially change the general character of federal support although funding levels for individual programs may be significantly altered. Included among other information in an extensive appendix are descriptions of agency-specific programs (Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Science Foundation). Name, organizational location, objective, legislative mandate, history, description, funding, percentage engineering education, and comments are provided for each agency. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Engineers, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Government Publications, Higher Education, Program Descriptions, Science Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD. 20760.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.