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Engineers Should Have a College Education

  • Author(s): King, C. Judson
  • et al.

Many societal trends and needs call for engineers to broaden their outlooks, have more flexible career options, and work closely and effectively with persons of quite different backgrounds. Yet the education and general orientation of engineers have been directed inward toward the profession, rather than outward toward the rest of society and the world. Engineering education should change to create a broader outlook and understanding in graduates and thereby engender capabilities for linkages and more likelihood of advancement into management and/or movement into other areas. The appropriate steps include moving the accredited professional engineering degree to the master's level and building upon a liberal education bachelor's degree that is analogous to pre-medical education.

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