The AccEL Program: Retreading the B.S. Degree

by Carol Rubin, Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Applied Mechanics; Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala.,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 339-343

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper describes a flexible and inexpensive approach to turning math and science majors into engineers. The AccEL program has very nicely overcome some of the problems of the NSF funded programs. The reasons are flexibility and cost. Because the program is not necessarily limited to one year's duration, it can accommodate the student whose background is weak, or who wants to study only part-time and possibly gain some on-the-job experience along the way. Direct costs were limited to publicity, mailings and a small amount of faculty release time for administrative purposes. Since the overall enrollment in the School of Engineering was measurably increased with minimal cost, the program is profitable in terms of net revenues (student fees and state allocations). The AccEL program was developed at the School of Engineering of the University of Alabama, in Birmingham, Alabama, during the 1978-79 academic year.

Subject Headings: Students | Mathematics | Federal government | Faculty | Profits | Revenues | Fees | Alabama | United States

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