ERIC Number: ED226964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Engineering Education Problems. The Laboratory Equipment Factor.
National Society of Professional Engineers, Washington, DC.
Presented is a pilot study focusing attention on problems of deteriorating physical plants and inadequate/obsolete equipment contributing to the current crisis in engineering education. Data are reported from a survey instrument (included in an appendix) from 26 colleges/universities, representing 168 programs out of a national total of 1212 programs. Information obtained for fiscal years 1970-71 to 1980-81 included: laboratory expenditures; faculty man years; student credit hours produced; degrees awarded; enrollment; number of student stations; separately budgeted research expenditures; base year inventory (1970-71); and laboratory credits required. Review of the data reveals that the average laboratory equipment inventory per school declined from $5,809,000 to $856,000 during the period 1971-81. Based on 250 schools, this leads to the conclusion that the cost of modernizing engineering laboratories (at the 1971 level) will be $1,238,250,000; considering the difference in enrollment between 1981 and 1971, this figure increases to $2,195,417,000. These and other results indicate that the engineering education system is currently stretched to (or beyond) its limit and that the problems of large class size, high student-to-faculty ratios, deteriorating physical plants, inadequate equipment, and inability to acquire laboratory equipment commensurate with present-day technological advances in industry are too widespread to be ignored. (JN)
Descriptors: Building Obsolescence, Degrees (Academic), Engineering Education, Enrollment, Expenditures, Higher Education, Laboratory Equipment, Obsolescence, Pilot Projects, Science Equipment, Science Laboratories, Surveys
National Society of Professional Engineers, 2029 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006 ($10.00 NSPE members; $20.00 non-members).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Society of Professional Engineers, Washington, DC.