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Increasing The Impact Of Your Program Through Needs Assessment Surveys

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

At The Institutional Level

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Women in Engineering

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13.740.1 - 13.740.11



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Catherine Didion Association for Women in Science

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Karen Peterman Goodman Research Group, Inc.

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The development of a Needs Assessment Survey can be a useful tool for determining the current knowledge and level of interest in potential training and activities related to engineering education. This paper explores the results from one Needs Assessment Survey for its members and how the results facilitated the ability of the organization to identify the professional development topics of most interest to their members. This then allowed the organization’s leadership to use the survey results in structuring their activities for their members in their project and should increase the likelihood that the proposed projects are well received and successful.


The National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2005 to create the Engineering Equity Extension Service (EEES). The goal of EEES is to provide national extension services to the pre-engineering and engineering communities by bringing together • expertise in gender studies, • the research base on science and engineering education, and • practical skills in project management.

This project was funded, in part, to address the shortage of American students pursuing a career in engineering. While it is true that engineers today must be equipped with the skills needed to work in a global environment, it is also true that the United States is contributing fewer engineers to this environment than ever before. This project aims to correct this trend by making engineering more accessible and interesting to a wider range of students.

As part of this effort, CASEE is partnering with three national engineering organizations: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electrics Engineering (IEEE), and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Each organization is working with CASEE to create train-the-trainer programs to help accomplish the overall project goal.

Didion, C., & Peterman, K. (2008, June), Increasing The Impact Of Your Program Through Needs Assessment Surveys Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4340

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