Engineering Schools Respond to Financial Crisis

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 7, Pg. 58-61

Document Type: Feature article


A mail survey of the 200-plus civil engineering departments at engineering schools asked each chairman for a case history of response to the financial and other crises facing the departments. The article reports on what six different schools have done. Types of responses to the crisis include: build links with construction industry; establish endowed chairs; limit undergraduate enrollment; use ABET accreditation visit as lever to get more money; introduce intern PhD and coop PhD; establish an Engineering Advisory Council made up of corporate presidents—people with enough clout attract big dollars from the state legislature and from industry.

Subject Headings: Education | Financial management | Engineering history | Case studies | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Construction industry | Undergraduate study | Accreditation

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