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ERIC Number: ED514058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-19
Pages: 58
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Moving Forward to Improve Engineering Education. NSB-07-122
National Science Foundation
This report of the National Science Board (Board) lays out the findings and recommendations for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support innovations in engineering education programs. The Board, established by Congress in 1950, provides oversight for, and establishes the policies of, NSF. In March 2005, the Board undertook an examination of recent recommendations addressing changes in engineering education and implications for the engineering workforce. This effort built upon the work of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in its report, "The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century", as well as recent Board policy reports that identified issues of concern for the domestic engineering workforce. This paper synthesizes the results of two Board-sponsored workshops and significant Board deliberations. The first workshop was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in October 2005 and included a range of experts representing broad interests in engineering education. For the second workshop, held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in November 2006, 23 leading deans of engineering (or equivalent) and the NSF Assistant Director for Engineering participated in discussions that identified needs for change in engineering education and model programs to address those needs. Throughout the process, the Board maintained a dialogue with NAE and coordinated with the NAE "Engineer of 2020" project. The recommendations in this final report address issues of public perception of engineering, retention of students in engineering majors, responsiveness of engineering education to change in the global environment, and needs for additional data to support policy and planning. Appendices include: (1) Workshop--Engineering Employment and Engineering Education: What are the Linkages? (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 20, 2005); (2) Workshop--Moving Forward to Improve Engineering Education (Georgia Institute of Technology, November 7, 2006); (3) Charge for Workshop I; and (4) Workplan for Workshop II. A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation