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Engineering And Technology Experience For Liberal Arts Students At Lake Superior State University

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.187.1 - 1.187.6



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Ajay Mahajan

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David McDonald

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Session 2261

Engineering and Technology Experience for Liberal Arts Students at Lake Superior State University

Ajay Mahajan, David McDonald Lake Superior State University


Lake Superior State University, like other universities around the nation, has recognized the need for a new and improved general education component in its curriculum to take the University into the Twenty-First Century. One component of this change has been to expose liberal arts students to engineering and technology. This paper describes two such courses that fall in this category and fulfill the new general education requirements.

Introduction ] For the third time this century there is a revival of general education . This revival of general education is resulting in an increase in both the quantity and quality of general education. The changes are more than breadth and depth, however, as they encompass several elements including the integration of z ideas from a variety of fields . Many new programs also include a fresh look at science education and the use of active-learning methods of instruction.

Consistent with this national trend, Lake Superior State University initiated a general education revision process four years ago. This process involved a committee of administrators and faculty that started by surveying the faculty regarding their attitude towards general education. The committee then proceeded to define a mission statement for general education, the desired outcomes of the general education curricula, and a structure for the new program. With the work of this original committee completed, a new General Education Committee is now responsible for approving courses for general education credit and overseeing the general education program.

During the revision process faculty were encouraged to develop new innovative courses for general education. Two new courses that evolved during this process are Exploring Technology (ET 100) and The Universe, Earth, and Humans (NS100). These courses qualify as electives for the new general education structure that requires both a freshmen-level, integrated natural/social science elective and a science or science/technology elective.

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Mahajan, A., & McDonald, D. (1996, June), Engineering And Technology Experience For Liberal Arts Students At Lake Superior State University Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6021

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