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Academic Programs

Academic Programs. John McMasters Technical Fellow Boeing. This presentation may be viewed at Web site www.eng.iastate.edu/iugreee. Academic Programs. Vision 2010.

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Academic Programs

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  1. Academic Programs John McMasters Technical Fellow Boeing This presentation may be viewed at Web site www.eng.iastate.edu/iugreee

  2. Academic Programs Vision 2010 • Universities, Government, and a broad cross-section of Industry working collaboratively to prepare a diverse workforce for the challenges of 21st Century professional engineering practice

  3. Academic Programs Priority Initiative: Academic ProgramsTeam Leader: John McMastersTeam Members: Maturity Matrix Year Year 2010 Realization • Significant and relevant collaboration exists between industry, academe, and government to encourage sustainable changes in curriculum content, teaching methodologies, and delivery systems 2010 • Substantial industry-academe collaboration on educational programs at all levels • Educational programs will be mature and systemic 2007 • Assess, evaluate and refine existing programs. • Outcomes and models of collaborative initiatives are communicated, disseminated, and institutionalized 2004 • A broad set of pilot programs involving industry, government, and universities will be in place to support changes in undergraduate and graduate education • Significant data collection, peer evaluation, of existing educational reform programs and identification of new pilot efforts will be in-place 2001

  4. Academic Programs Action Plan Schedule for Achieving Level 2001 Goal

  5. Academic Programs Progress • Two-page White Paper prepared outlining team vision, mission, objectives, organization and other relations/interactions with other IUGREEE teams • Continuing support of ABET in implementation of Engineering Criteria 2000 accreditation process (e.g., Participation in ABET Regional Engineering Faculty Workshops)

  6. Academic Programs Progress (cont’d) • Preliminary baseline “best practices” identified for: • Academic program content • Academic program outcomes assessment • Industry advisory board formation and utilization

  7. Academic Programs Next Steps • Enrich baseline “best practices” with data from NSF-funded university coalition experience and other sources • Continue support of ABET • Develop pilot faculty-industry personnel exchange programs

  8. John McMasters March 24, 1999 Academic Programs for the Year 2010 Since its founding in 1995, a central purpose of the Industry- University- Government Roundtable for Enhancing Engineering Education has been to bring a strong industry voice and an action agenda into national efforts to improve the quality of engineering * and related technical education programs. It was recognized from the outset that our system of graduate-level education in the engineering sciences, with its heavy emphasis on research, has been excellent by world standards and must be sustained in any more general education reform efforts. Thus the initial focus of the IUGREEE was on enhancing undergraduate programs to better prepare their graduates for evolving professional practice, and to establish a well-defined and proactive industry role in this process. From its beginning, the IUGREEE has had a “curriculum” team as one of its core elements. The purpose of this team has been to deal with that suite of issues directly related to enhancing curricula and pedagogy, including ABET accreditation processes, during the period in which students are resident at a university and/or are in pursuit of a degree necessary for entry into professional practice. It is in working closely with ABET that the IUGREEE has achieved much of its initial success. As the overall organization has developed and Academic Programs - White Paper matured, so has the role of what has become the Academic Programs for the Year 2010 action team. The following sections outline the vision, mission, objectives and organization of the team and its relationship to the other action teams that make up the IUGREEE as of the date reported. Team Vision Universities, government, and a broad cross-section of industry working collaboratively to prepare a diverse workforce for the challenges of 21st century professional engineering practice. Team Mission To proactively influence university culture and educational programs, including curriculum content and teaching methodology, to ensure the preparation of engineering graduates fully capable of meeting the challenges of professional engineering practice in the early decades of the 21st century. • Team Objectives • Enhance college and university engineering curricula (in the broadest sense including explicit course offerings and implicit educational opportunities) and delivery mechanisms consistent with the spirit and requirements of ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 via initiation of pilot programs where needed and proactive industry involvement. • Actively support the successful implementation of ABET Engineering Criteria 2000. * Engineering is used here in the broadest sense to include both traditional practice in design and manufacturing as well as computing and information technology, and emerging opportunities for those with engineering preparation for practice in medicine, law, finance, business, etc. Page 8

  9. Academic Programs - White Paper • Encourage greatly increased industry involvement in the educational process by active participation on college and departmental level advisory committees, service as ABET evaluators and on government funding review panels, development of personnel (faculty, student, industry practitioner, etc.) exchange programs, and in student projects and practicums. • Encourage and support efforts to integrate teaching and research throughout graduate and undergraduate programs, and better align university research programs with industry and societal needs. • Benchmark and widely publicize “best practices” in engineering education and in industry-university alliances as they develop. ABET Support - Continues long-standing IUGREEE efforts to work closely with ABET and selected professional societies (e.g. ASME, IEEE, AIAA, SME, SAE) to assure the successful implementation of ABET Engineering Criteria 2000. Industry-University Alliances - Works to assure the presence of a strong industry voice on campus, a reliable supply of well qualified and “industry literate” engineering faculty, and the continued health of research (via the KM team) linked to graduate/undergraduate education programs. It also identifies and publicizes best practice, and develops pilot programs as needed. Team Organization and Interrelationships Working under the overall guidance of the IUGREEE Council and Policy and Steering Team, and the “Vision of Engineering Practice in 2010” which the latter is developing and validating, the Academic Programs team operates in the same way and according to the same principles as the IUGREEE does in general. To meet the objectives listed above the team is organized into three major sub-committees: Educational Programs - Deals with curricula and pedagogy issues (particularly as clarified by interactions with the Knowledge Management team), and identifies, documents and publicizes exact best practices. Develops and advocates pilot programs and initiatives needed for further enhancement (in consonance with interactions with the Career-Long Learning and Engineering Profession teams). Page 9

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