ERIC Number: ED404158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Shaping the Future: New Expectations for Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
This is the final report of an intensive review of the state of undergraduate education in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SME&T) in America. It was conducted by a committee of the Advisory Committee to the Education and Human Resources Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The year-long review has revealed that significant change is occurring and that important and measurable improvements have been achieved in the past decade. This report is divided into four sections. Section I outlines the background and purpose of the review. Section II highlights the recent history of education reform and includes a history of undergraduate programs at the NSF since the Neal Report, funding history of the Neal Report recommendations, and curricular and pedagogical improvements. Section III contains the findings of the review organized in the following categories: A Changing World and Economy; Rising Expenditures and Growing Financial Constraints; Undergraduate Education Today; Barriers To Improvement; and Lowering the Barriers and Meeting New Expectations. Section IV contains recommendations to institutions of higher education; business, industry, and the professional community; governments at the state and federal level; and the National Science Foundation. (JRH)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Technology Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Education and Human Resources.