ERIC Number: EJ851049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Re-engineering Engineering Education
Gordon, Bernard M.; Silevitch, Michael B.
New England Journal of Higher Education, v24 n1 p18-19 Sum 2009
In 2005, leaders gathered by the National Association of Manufacturers declared yet another "STEM" emergency. In the face of global competition, they argued, the number of bachelor's degrees awarded annually to U.S. students in science, math and engineering must double by 2015. In fact, the need for STEM talent is even more critical today as the nation claws its way back from a deep recession. Furthermore, reports such as "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," indicate that the U.S. is in danger of losing its historic preeminence in creating and manufacturing advanced products due specifically to problems with "engineering" education--a critical subset within the STEM world. The problems facing engineering education, the report suggests, go beyond a need to simply educate more students or raise performance on exams. Instead, when it comes to engineering, what is even more critical than quantity is "quality." Too often, U.S. engineering is not cost-effective because the majority of today's engineering graduates do not have the broad background necessary to understand, take charge of and drive large-scale projects to completion in an economic fashion. Within the region, progress is being made through initiatives of the Gordon Foundation, with an established engineering leadership program in place at Tufts University, enhancements to the engineering program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and new engineering leadership programs at both MIT and Northeastern University. In this article, the authors discuss the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at Northeastern, which aims to ensure that engineering leaders develop the "mindset" required to assume full responsibility for their success and the success of their organizations.
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