The Nature of Continuing Education

by Alfred C. Ingersoll, (F.ASCE), Assoc. Dean for Conintuing Edu.; Univ. of California, School of Engrg. and Appl. Sci., Los Angeles, CA,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 1, Pg. 113-130

Document Type: Journal Paper


Today as never before, education in general—and professional education in particular—is being held accountable for expenditures of public and private treasure as well as for the heavy investments of manpower made in its behalf. Parents, benefactors, and legislators ask what they are getting for their money. Employers question the value of a higher degree, and Ph.D. graduate engineers are scratching for jobs. What does this situation mean for continuing education in engineering and science? Once these educational deficiencies—real or imagined—are identified, curriculum planners can go ahead and reform the educational program for future generations; workers in continuing education must commence immediately to reform the people who are the innocent victims or products of the recent past system.

Subject Headings: Education | Engineering education | Public private partnership | Private sector | Investments | Legislation | Value engineering | Curricula

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