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Spine International Benchmarking Of Successful Practices In Engineering Education

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Assessment & Quality Assurance in engr edu

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7.1016.1 - 7.1016.6



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John Anderson

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Jean-Lou Chameau

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Dick K.P. Yue

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2/22/02 SPINE – International Benchmarking of Successful Practices in Engineering Education

John L. Anderson1 Jean-Lou Chameau2 Dick K. P. Yue3

Organized by the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, SPINE is a partnership among 10 technical colleges and universities to identify and share educational practices in engineering and computer science; three schools are in the United States (Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech and MIT) and seven are in Europe. Five disciplines are chosen for assessment – chemical engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering. Assessment of current practices is achieved through quantitative and qualitative questionnaires completed by administrators of each school, questionnaires completed by faculty at the school, and on-site interviews with deans, department heads and senior administration of the school. Additionally, surveys of alumni, human resources managers, and line managers in industry provide external views to support assessment of the schools’ educational practices. Practices at a school are compared with the vision, mission and goals developed by the school. The findings and conclusions of the study are shared among all the universities with the goal of identifying what educational practices work best with respect to the goals of the particular school. To our knowledge, this is the first international benchmarking study of engineering education, and the study provides a unique networking opportunity among the institutions on an international scale. In this talk we present the most significant results of the SPINE study and contrast educational practices between US and European colleges of engineering.

1 Presenter. Carnegie Mellon University 2 Georgia Institute of Technology 3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Anderson, J., & Chameau, J., & Yue, D. K. (2002, June), Spine International Benchmarking Of Successful Practices In Engineering Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11208

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