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Systemic Improvement In Engineering Education

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.573.1 - 5.573.13



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Session 3663

Theoretical Foundations for the Foundation Coalition Core Competencies

Jeffrey Froyd, Karen Frair Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology/University of Alabama


The Foundation Coalition was funded in 1993 as the fifth coalition in the National Science Foundation's Engineering Education Coalitions Program, and is currently in the seventh year of a ten-year project. The member institutions have changed since its formation and now include Arizona State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, the University of Alabama, the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and the University of Wisconsin. All campuses have developed improved engineering curricula and learning environment models and have incorporated those models into their institutional fabric. As part of its strategic plan, the partner campuses in the Foundation Coalition have focused their efforts on improving their competence in seven theories of pedagogy; these seven pedagogical theories are referred to as the core competencies of the Foundation Coalition. The seven core competencies are 1) curriculum integration, 2) cooperative and active learning, 3) teamwork and collaboration, 4) technology-enabled learning, 5) assessment-driven continuous improvement, 6) recruitment, retention, and graduation of women and underrepresented ethnic minorities, and 7) management of change. Once proposed as core competencies, the Foundation Coalition must answer at least one question. What are the theoretical foundations that suggest these seven core competencies will positively impact engineering education? The paper will review the literature to provide the theoretical foundations that indicate increasing abilities in these seven core competencies will positive impact engineering education.

I. Introduction

In 1993 the National Science Foundation funded a coalition of seven schools, the Foundation Coalition16, with the vision of becoming a recognized leader in establishing a new culture of engineering education in the nation. During the first five years of funding the coalition concentrated on creating pilot programs, primarily focused on the first two

Watson, K., & Froyd, J. (2000, June), Systemic Improvement In Engineering Education Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8859

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