Engineering School Drives for National Leadership

by George C. Beakley, Assoc. Dean; College of Engrg. and Applied Sci., Arizona State Univ., Tempe, Ariz.,
C. Roland Haden, Dean; College of Engrg. and Applied Sci., Arizona State Univ., Tempe, Ariz.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 10, Pg. 67-70

Document Type: Feature article


Engineering programs in many universities are undergoing severe problems of limited space, too few faculty, burgeoning student enrollments, out-of-date laboratory equipment and inadequate funding. Arizona State University has launched a three-way partnership of the industrial community, state government, and the university to remedy these problems. This account is a progress report of the first two years of this five year plan. Elements of the plan are discussed. These include higher academic standards, excellent research-oriented faculty, strong graduate student recruitment, continuing education, interactive instructional television programs, a research facility, establishment of research centers, state of the art research equipment, Prince Visiting Scholar Program, and privately funded faculty chairs. The changing economic and demographic conditions of the state of Arizona have been conducive to encouraging this type of innovative program. These changes are discussed.

Subject Headings: Colleges and universities | Faculty | Aerospace engineering | Students | Equipment and machinery | Engineering education | Education

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