ERIC Number: ED296874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects on Quality of Adjustments in Engineering Labor Markets.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel.
The nature of undergraduate enrollment in engineering has raised questions about the ability of the United States to retain the leadership necessary to provide for a healthy economy in a technological age. Also, some people are concerned that new graduate enrollments are not keeping pace with the near-doubling of the number of engineering graduates since the mid-1970s and that more than half of doctoral level graduates in recent years have been foreign citizens. Motivation and incentives for U.S. citizens to pursue doctoral degrees in engineering do not apprear to be sufficient. This report proposes ways of thinking about the issues and the effect on the quality of engineering education in the U.S. Chapter 1 introduces the issues; chapter 2 delineates the historical aspects of the study and the demand for engineers in terms of both employment in engineering functions and employment of engineering graduates; and chapter 3 contains conclusions and makes recommendations. Also provided is an executive summary of the findings of this report and extensive appendices including five related tables; the agenda of the August 1987 Workshop on Indicators of the Quality of Performance of Engineers; a list of workshop participants; and seven commissioned papers on the quality and performance of engineers. (CW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Science, Educational Quality, Employment Patterns, Engineering Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Performance, Science Education, Undergraduate Study
Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel.