ERIC Number: ED386126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Engineering Education. Designing an Adaptive System.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems.
This report advances the general plan for change in postsecondary engineering education of the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Engineering Education and reports on four regional symposia responding to a 1993 working paper. Chapter 1 contains the Board's message about what it proposes with the plan and the general basis for its proposals. The Board recommends that all institutions conduct institutional self-assessment, redress imbalances in the faculty incentive system, improve teaching methods and practices, ensure that the curriculum supports the institution's strategic plan, and expand beneficial interactions and outreach. A table in this section presents the key ideas contained in the report. Chapter 2 describes the Board's vision of the 21st century. Chapter 3 examines in detail engineering education as it is currently practiced and looks at areas that need improvement. Chapter 4 addresses how to make change happen. Chapter 5 is a call to action for higher education institutions as well as industry, government, professional societies, and accrediting authorities. Appendixes contain the Board's task statement, list of regional symposia and participants, contributors to the study, and an outline of the purpose and principles of a new curriculum and the means to achieve it. (Contains 47 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Engineering Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Incentives, Instructional Improvement, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Self Evaluation (Groups), Strategic Planning
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Box 285, Washington, DC 20055 ($27).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems.