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Feeds Growth Of Engineering Management In Florida

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.498.1 - 6.498.5



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Paul Givens

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Anita L. Callahan

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FEEDS-Growth of Engineering Management in Florida

Dr. Paul E. Givens, Dr Anita L. Callahan University of South Florida


The Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) is a statewide consortium of the engineering schools in the state of Florida. It was created to provide distance education for engineers in the state. It has grown over the years from a few students in a few programs to many students in both graduate and undergraduate programs at more than eighty sites. This paper describes the growth of one of those programs, Engineering Management, over the past several years.

Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS)

The following description of the FEEDS system was compiled recently when the Auditor Generals office performed an audit of the FEEDS function at the University of South Florida, College of Engineering their description bests describes the FEEDS operation. The Director and Associate Director of FEEDS as well as the Deans furnished much of the detail for the report.

The Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) is a state-wide system which provides access to graduate-level and limited undergraduate engineering courses at industrial sites and cooperating university centers throughout Florida. FEEDS was designed to improve the availability of continuing education to engineers working in Florida, increasing their skills and thereby strengthening the State’s economic base. A student taking a course through FEEDS must meet the same requirements as a student on campus, and will earn the same credit and academic credentials. Academic programs delivered through FEEDS originate in colleges of engineering at the University of South Florida, University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Central Florida, and Florida International University.

FEEDS began in 1982 when the Florida Legislature provided funds for the delivery of off-campus graduate engineering programs in Florida, and requested that the Board of Regents develop a plan for implementation of this delivery system. Chancellor’s Memorandum CM-C- 04.00-02/97 outlines the structure of the FEEDS system, and provides direction for statewide operations.

While individual universities produce and facilitate the delivery of engineering degree programs and courses, the FEEDS system is overseen by the following three entities:

• Florida Council of Engineering Deans (FCED) - Consists of the deans of the State University System (SUS) colleges of engineering. FCED reports annually to the Board of Regents regarding the status of FEEDS operation, and, as the need arises, advises the Chancellor and “Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2001, American Society for Engineering Education”

Givens, P., & Callahan, A. L. (2001, June), Feeds Growth Of Engineering Management In Florida Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9272

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