ERIC Number: ED254427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
AEA Status Report on Engineering and Technical Education.
American Electronics Association, Palo Alto, CA.
A committee was appointed by the American Electronics Association (AEA) to: (1) study the problem of shortage of engineers, especially computer and electrical engineers; (2) determine the degree of shortage; and (3) recommend how AEA could effectively address the problem. The committee's findings are provided in this three-section report. Section I assesses the status of engineering in 1984, focusing on trends related to the shortage of electrical and computer engineers and ways to improve the situation. Two points made in this section are (1) that while some improvements have occurred in engineering faculty recruitment and retention since 1982, shortages in 1984 remain severe, and (2) that AEA's national effort to improve the faculty situation is "on the mark" and should continue. Section II examines what AEA has accomplished since 1981 and is accomplishing to remedy the situation. AEA organizational infrastructure, AEA's leadership role, establishment of a database, legislative activities (including state legislation related to technical education and to elementary/secondary education), and the Electronics Education Foundation are among the areas considered. Section III outlines and discusses new directions AEA's Engineering and Technical Education Committee recommends should be taken (including various federal and state initiatives). A list of references and supporting documentation are appended. (JN)
Descriptors: Computer Science, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering, Engineering Education, Engineers, Enrollment Trends, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, State Legislation, Teacher Shortage, Technical Education
American Electronics Association, P. O. Box 10045, Palo Alto, CA 94306 ($25.00 each; 2 or more $15.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Electronics Association, Palo Alto, CA.