ERIC Number: ED313255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Higher Education for Science and Engineering. A Background Paper.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
This background paper focuses on the end point of educational preparation for science and engineering careers--undergraduate and graduate study. It places the issue of the supply of scientists and engineers in the broad cultural context of changing demographics, labor market adjustments, and intervention policies. The first chapter discusses the diversity of students and institutions. The second chapter focuses on undergraduate education, including its importance, students' characteristics, federal roles, and institutional settings. Graduate education is discussed in the next chapter. The nature of graduate study, markets for doctorates, finance, federal support trends, and the future of graduate education are described. The final chapter focuses on engineering education, including the areas of supply and demand, quality issues, use and upgrade of the work force, and roles of the Federal Government. Appendices include: (1) a mathematics intervention project; (2) productivity ratios for 100 undergraduate institutions; (3) graduate education in foreign countries; (4) reports on engineering education; and (5) contractor reports. (YP)
Descriptors: College Science, Employment Patterns, Engineering Education, Engineers, Foreign Students, Government Role, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Science Careers, Science Education, Undergraduate Study
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 ($12.00, stock no. 052-003-01148-4).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
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