Engineering education study draws industry fire

Over on, George Leopold of the EE Times writes about the debate over the state of American Engineering education:

"WASHINGTON — The debate over the state of American engineering education has reignited in recent weeks with the release of a contrarian study that concludes that American math and science students are, opposite to conventional wisdom, faring better than previously thought. Moreover, the survey finds that the number of U.S. engineering graduates is more than sufficient to fill available jobs.

Critics have reacted testily to the Urban Institute’s report, which argues that, in the words of co-author Harold Salzman, "[r]ather than a supply problem, we probably have a demand problem." Salzman, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, co-authored the study, "Into the Eye of the Storm: Assessing the Evidence on Science and Engineering Education."

According to the report, "available data indicate increases in the absolute numbers of secondary school graduates and increases in their math and science performance levels." Further, the study found, "there has been growth in the number of undergraduates completing [science and engineering (S&E)] studies and the number of S&E graduates remains high by historical standards." " . . .

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