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Strategic Planning For Ou 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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Strategic Issues in EM Education

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7.1020.1 - 7.1020.15



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Jeffrey Harwell

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Donna Shirley

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Hillel Kumin

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Document: 2002-367 Division: Engineering Management

Strategic Planning for OU Engineering Education

Donna L. Shirley, Jeffrey H. Harwell, Sr., Hillel J. Kumin College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma


The College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma has developed a strategic plan which it is currently implementing. This paper describes the plan and the activities underway to implement it with respect to engineering education. The vision of the College of Engineering is to “produce the engineering graduates most sought after by industry and investors”. This overarching vision devolves into three goals, which can be summarized as: 1) Provide a cutting edge education, 2) Get, retain and market job producing and creating students, and 3) Perform cutting edge research. These goals have been fleshed out in the form of a work breakdown structure for the purposes of assigning responsibility and defining assessment processes. Each of the discipline areas within the College has developed plans congruent with the overall College plans. The ABET 2000 process, which has been adopted by the College, is also in synchronicity with the overall plan. The paper outlines the means by which the strategic plan is used to provide guidance to the day-to-day activities and directions of all elements of the College, with a specific focus on the application of engineering management techniques to engineering education. Concrete examples of this are presented.

Vision and Goals of the College of Engineering

Strategic Planning for the College of Engineering began in 1998 with the leadership of a new Dean of Engineering, Dr. W. Arthur (Skip) Porter. By the year 2000 the vision of the College was defined to be: “ To produce engineering graduates sought among the first by industry and investors for excelling in a rapidly changing, technology-driven world, both as engineers and technology managers in existing companies, and as leaders in starting new, technology-based companies.”

Three major goals were defined to achieve this vision:

1. Cutting Edge Education - Enhance the traditional role of teaching excellence and mentoring by becoming a leader in the demonstration of technological innovation and personal creativity in the knowledge delivery and learning process. 2. Cutting Edge Research - Expand traditional faculty research through leadership in the creation of new technology and processes, industry partnerships in product development, and economic development through the spin-off of new technology- based ventures. “Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Harwell, J., & Shirley, D., & Kumin, H. (2002, June), Strategic Planning For Ou Engineering Education Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10979

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