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Trends And Developments In Engineering Technology: Who Are We And Where Are We Going?

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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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5.673.1 - 5.673.10



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Patricia L. Fox

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Stephen Hundley

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Session 2348

Trends and Developments in Engineering Technology: Who Are We and Where Are We Going? Patricia L. Fox, Stephen P. Hundley Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)


In 1977, a longitudinal survey was developed by a group of engineering technology colleagues to look at trends and developments of baccalaureate engineering technology programs in the United States. Engineering Technology Division (ETD) representatives of the four American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) zones conducted the surveys in 1977, 1981, 1985, 1990, and 1995. Results of these surveys were reported by region and published in the 1978, 1982, 1986, 1991, and 1996 College Industry Education Conference (CIEC) proceedings. The CIEC conference name was changed to the Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) in 1997.

In 1998, members of Engineering Technology Division and the Two-Year College Division (TCD) of ASEE came together to sponsor the 1999 Development and Trends survey, which was conducted nationally. All two- and four-year engineering technology schools were invited to participate in the web-based survey that was conducted in the fall of 1999. Various invitations to participate in the study were sent out via the ETD and TCD listserves.

Separate questionnaires for two- and four-year schools, each of which contained approximately 130 items, were designed by a group of ETD and TCD members. A majority of the questions in the four-year program survey remained unchanged from the original questionnaire that was designed in 1977. Survey questions are divided into four major categories: administrative structure; faculty characteristics; student characteristics; and enrollment, recruiting, retention, placement, and follow-up. The surveys were designed to take approximately twenty to thirty minutes to complete by an administrator of the school/institution.

A total of 129 institutions participated in the 1999 Engineering Technology Trends and Developments Survey. Of these institutions, 62 were four-year schools and 67 were two-year schools. This represents a participation level of approximately 31% of the total number of engineering technology schools/institutions in the United States. This paper will focus on the national results of engineering technology two- and four-year school surveys for 1999.

Fox, P. L., & Hundley, S. (2000, June), Trends And Developments In Engineering Technology: Who Are We And Where Are We Going? Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8782

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