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Higher-Education Partnerships in Engineering and Science

Lionel V. Baldwin
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 514, Electronic Links for Learning (Mar., 1991), pp. 76-91
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1047132
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Higher-Education Partnerships in Engineering and Science
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Abstract

Widely shared concerns in the U. S. engineering profession have fostered the evolution of technologies and organizations that today are centered in the National Technological University (NTU). Most engineering graduates enter the work force with a baccalaureate degree today, as they did in 1900, despite the enormous complexity of modern technology. Furthermore, accelerating technological change makes career-long learning a necessity. NTU is a cooperative effort by 35 major engineering colleges to provide for the graduate and continuing education needs of today's busy, mobile engineer, technical professional, and manager. These campuses are linked by satellite telecommunication to more than 325 locations nationwide. By means of instructional television, engineers at their job sites can literally tune in to courses offered by top teachers and experts. This article discusses not only the networking technologies but also, and perhaps more important, the unique partnership driven by visionary leaders from the corporate sector, leading engineering schools, and the federal government.

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