San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
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Newberry and Farison Redux: A survey of general engineeringIn 2003 Newberry and Farison presented a survey of engineering programs that did not accreditunder any of the program specific categories (Newberry & Farison, 2003). They looked at thehistorical development of such programs, noting in passing that often the programs seem to beused as an n incubator for discipline specific programs. They subdivided general engineeringprograms into several broad categories: instrumental programs, flexible programs andphilosophical programs. Instrumental programs adopted a general engineering framework butinside this framework directed students onto one of several specific paths, paths which usuallywere modeled after the more common program specific paths; mechanical engineering, civilengineering etc. Flexible programs allowed students to individually blend engineeringcoursework in a highly multidisciplinary fashion. Most flexible programs turned out to bespecial purpose degrees based in the dean’s office, unassociated with a faculty with studentenrollments in the single digits. Philosophical programs operated on an assumption that a broadengineering undergraduate degree had sufficient value to justify the existence of the program.Approximately a decade has passed since Newberry and Farison conducted their survey. Anupdate will be presented using data compiled in 2011.Newberry, B., & Farison, J. (2003). A Look at the Past and Present of General Engineering andEngineering Science Programs. Journal of Engineering Education , 217-226.
Grondin, R. O. (2012, June), Newberry and Farison Redux: A Survey of General Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21733
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