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Are we prepared to bridge the gap?

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2014 ASEE International Forum


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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Track 1 - Session 1

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Curriculum and Lab Development

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20.4.1 - 20.4.8



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Mudasser Fraz Wyne National University

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I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Engineering, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Currently I serve as a chair of department of computer science, information and media systems and Professor of Computer Science and am intimately involved with program development and streamlining of existing programs to align them towards the future demands of academia. I am currently the Program Lead for BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and BSc in Information Systems and have also served as the co-Lead for MSc Computer Science and Program Lead for MSc in Database Administration programs. My association with ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) US dates back to 2001, as a certified program evaluator for BSc in Computer Science and BSc in Information Systems. At present, I am also serving as the Commissioner for the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC). Ongoing assessment of academic programs is a personal interest of mine, and I am involved on an ongoing basis at the departmental, school and university levels. Previously, I have taught in different countries for over 23 years. I have been privileged to be part of the DESY Group (Deutches Elecktronen Synchrotron), Hamburg Germany, as a research fellow, and worked with an MIT group, led by a Nobel laureate.

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Are we prepared to bridge the gap?Today our academic institutions are expected to turn out high caliber graduates who cansmoothly transition into jobs in industry at large quickly and effectively thus increasing theability of technology companies to innovate and be more competitive in the global markets. Themechanisms to meet these expectations are however complex, and not always easy to achieve.Some of the known factors are for instance geographical location and stature of the educationalestablishment. Another key contributing factor has been to examine how specifically aninstitution prioritizes one set of subject matters over any other so as to make new graduates moretechnologically attractive to their constituents. This presentation we will examine some of theways this is achieved typically as well as highlight subjects that are either under or over-emphasized in the fields of computer science and engineering from both the hardware andsoftware perspective. An effort will be made to specifically try to answer (i) what is theimportance of various subjects taught in computer science curricula today (ii) what is theemphasis educational establishments place on those subjects, and (iii) what is the importance ofthose very subjects in the real world as seen by industry at large. The objective of this research isto help educational organizations achieve greater focus on those subject matters that areperceived by industry to be more important given the advancements and trends in the fields ofscience and technology and so better prepare our new graduates to be more competitive andsuccessful in meeting the challenges of the technological future and brave new world. In additionit is hoped that work presented will broaden and deepen awareness among faculty members andadministrators of the educational institutions and that it will motivate more educators toparticipate in and support this global understanding of this issue. It will also help in furthergrowing the body of knowledge about educating our future generations by initiating a moreactive, interdisciplinary, and international collaborations among educators, education researchersand curriculum designers.

Wyne, M. F. (2014, June), Are we prepared to bridge the gap? Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--17167

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