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Curriculum Innovation And Renewal Process A Perspective Of The Civil Engineering Faculty

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.123.1 - 2.123.6



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Fazil Najafi

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Session 3260

“Curriculum Innovation and Renewal Process - A Perspective of the Civil Engineering Faculty”

Fazil Najafi University of Florida, Department of Civil Engineering


The content of this paper includes literature review on the curriculum innovation and renewal process. There is a lack of a universal methodology on what institutes a good curriculum. The problem is the budget, facilities, identification of customer needs and time variances that create great constraints that result in different approaches from campus to campus. A case study is presented which reflects the views of the civil engineering faculty at the University of Florida and the view of industry in a curriculum innovation and renewal workshop conducted by Mike Leonard, from Clemson under the Southeastern Universities Cooperation, on engineering education funded by the NSF. The main theme of this workshop is to let faculty and industry express their opinion about a process for continuing the curriculum renewal. The faculty are divided into two groups and are asked to rank issues related to the curriculum renewal process. The groups identified many items and finally narrowed them down to these final five items: 1) increased recognition; 2) modern labs; 3) reward good teaching; 4) faculty stress and 5) professional degree. The paper will discuss in detail the subject of the curriculum renewal process and provide conclusive remarks reflecting faculty views and overall assessment of the curriculum renewal process.


In June of 1996, the Civil Engineering Department faculty at the University of Florida gathered in a workshop setup environment supported by the National Science Foundation Curriculum Innovation and Renewal under SUCCEED (Southeastern University and College Coalition for Engineering Education) protocol. The purpose of the seminar was to tackle issues relevant to strategic planning for the department in relation to Curriculum Innovation and Renewal.

The NSF engineering education coalitions have established a common set of goals1 :

To design and implement reform model for undergraduate engineering education To provide tested alternative curricula to improve undergraduate engineering education quality To create exchange and resource linkage among institutions To increase diversity and the number of women and under represented minorities and people with disabilities The coalition’s home page must be specifically indexed for each aspect of undergraduate curricula relevant to areas specific needs

Najafi, F. (1997, June), Curriculum Innovation And Renewal Process A Perspective Of The Civil Engineering Faculty Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6483

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