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Division Plan

for
2009 and Beyond

Engineering Education and Centers

Spring 2007
A.L. Soyster
2004 COV Findings

(1) EDUCATION and HUMAN RESOURCES
“Strong sense that there is no overarching plan to
specify goals and directions.”

(2) ENG RESEARCH CENTERS
“ …. The COV observes that an overwhelming
majority of EEC Awards are made to research
intensive institutions and that more capacity
needs to be built at other institutions.”
EEC Objectives for 2020
1. Enhance the K-12 Pipeline and its Diversity;
* 10% of all matriculates study engineering.
2. Promote the Success of the Undergraduate Learning
Experience;
* 3 of 4 students complete BS in engineering.
3. Improve the Pathway to Graduate Engineering Programs
for US and Permanent Residents;
* 5000 PhDs granted to domestic students.
4. Build a Culture of Discovery and Innovation in
Engineering through Multi-Disciplinary Centers;
* 1000 Center-related students graduate annually
Enabling Objectives
5. Formalize Partnerships with Organizations both within
and External to NSF; and

6. Promote the Critical Importance of EEC Programs and
optimize EEC Team (staff, panels, reviewers) performance
U.S. Public High School
3,100,000
Graduates 1988 to 2018
2,900,000

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Source: “Knocking at the College Door – 2003”
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Engineering Education````````
New Initiatives

• Council of Undergraduate Associate Deans
(Clients for “How students learn” and other
initiatives)
Meet with Engineering Deans and ASEE (April 07)

• “Business of Engineering Education”
(Summer Workshop, preliminary study underway)

• Renaissance of PhD Education – A New Strategy
(Too long, too narrow and too insulated)
Engineering Education
Research
Education Engineering
Research Education
Journal Journal

Engineering Education

Who Does It? Who Gets It? Who Needs It?
Observations
• Supply-side Driven
• Where is Demand-side?
ASEE Undergrad Council
60,000 Student Evaluations
Northeastern University

5.00
A m o u n t L e a rn e d

4.00
(Q 1 1 )

3.00

2.00

1.00
1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00

Teaching Effectiveness (Q14)
60,000 Student Evaluations
Northeastern University
5.00

4.00

"Tuition"
3.00
Income
2.00

1.00
1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00

Teaching Effectiveness (Q14)
Eng College Revenues

3 Billion
Fed Research 6 Billion
Tuition
Renaissance of PhD Education
Which Path would
you take? $

PhD
¢ ¢
¢
¢
¢
¢
Industry

$ $
$ $ $ $
$ $$
B.S.
ENG
Human Resources

New K-12 Partnership Initiatives
• Project Lead the Way (curricular)
FIRST Robotics (extra-curricular)
• Pre-AP Engineering (curricular)
• School Superintendents (meet with VA
group in May 07)
Growth in PLTW Schools

2,500
2,300
2,000
1,678
1,230 1,500
1 910
11 36
1996
1997
94 159 268 419 600 1,000
1998
1999
2000 500
2001
2002
For the 2007-08 school year: 2003
2004
2005 0
2300 schools 2006
2007
250K students
7000 Trained Teachers
49 states & DC
STUDENT PIPELINE

School Industry
Board Advisory
Advisory Board

?

K-12 University Industry
Engineering Research Centers

(A) Continuing Efforts
• 207 Letters of Intent for 2008
• 5 “Gen 3” Centers to be funded 2008
• NSECS, NCN
New Key Features of
Gen 3 ERCs
z Engage small innovative firms in the ERC’s research teams

Build partnerships with at least one academic, state and local
government, and other program designed to stimulate
entrepreneurs

z Engage ERC students in all phases of innovation

z Strategically design education programs to produce creative,
innovative engineers

z Provide faculty and students with cross-cultural, global
research experiences through partnerships with foreign
universities

z Build long-term sustained partnerships with a few pre-
college institutions
ERCs

B) New Initiatives (2004 COV Recommendations)

Ö “While praising the ERC Program…,
the COV recommends that smaller
interdisciplinary teams be funded…”
Ö “The COV observes that an overwhelming
majority of EEC Awards are made to
research intensive institutions and that
more capacity needs to be built at other
institutions.”
ERC DEMOGRAPHICS

• 25% of all engineering students study at
schools in EPSCoR states
• 45% of all engineering students in non-
EPSCoR states study at schools that are
ERC Leads or Core Institutions
• 8% of all engineering students in EPSCoR
states study at schools which are ERC Leads
or Core Institutions
Proposed EPSCoR Plan

• Hold “small” Center EPSCoR Competition
“in between” ERC bi-annual competition
• EPSCoR Small Centers at $2 Mil per year
• EPSCoR Small Centers for 5 years
• EPSCoR Awards total $10 Mil
GRADUATE
Human Resources
EDUCATION
Strong Pipeline
World Class PhD
Programs

EEC in 2020
Undergraduate Centers
Education Innovative
Improve Retention Graduates