ERIC Number: ED220013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Management Skills Training for Foreign Engineering Students: An Assessment of Need and Availability.
Dunnett, Stephen C.
The need for and availability of management skills training for foreign graduate students of engineering was surveyed. A survey instrument also sought to identify: the effectiveness of current practices in the teaching of management skills; current credit and advising policies related to taking management courses; and a rating of a variety of possible academic programs that address the need for management skills training. Of the 197 deans of engineering at U.S. universities offering graduate engineering programs who were mailed the questionnaire in March 1982, responses were received from 67 institutions. Results indicate that the provision of management skills to foreign engineering students needs to be addressed. Managerial functions are viewed as an important part of the work of the successful practicing engineers. Deans saw little evidence that universities are currently effective in teaching managerial skills to their foreign engineering students. Deans' responses indicated that they felt generally that graduate schools of engineering are not currently providing managerial training in their master's degree in engineering program. Most engineering schools did not give credit for general management courses, and most schools of management/business courses appear to be oversubscribed and therefore closed to nonmajors. Programs, information, and individuals who could serve as resources to the development/implementation of teaching management skills to foreign engineering students are identified. Additional contents include a literature review and discussion of the issues, a list of participating institutions, a questionnaire, and a bibliography. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Administrator Attitudes, Business Administration Education, Business Skills, College Credits, Educational Policy, Engineering Education, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Needs Assessment, School Surveys, Student Needs
National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, 1860 19th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 (1 copy, $1.00; 5 copies, $2.00; 10 copies, $3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC. Office of International Training.
Authoring Institution: National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC.