Engineering

'Stumbling Blocks' to a Saudi Collaboration

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When American colleges propose forging collaborations or building campuses in places like Abu Dhabi or Dubai, questions about human rights and whether gender, religion or sexuality could limit access or opportunities are never far behind. In most cases (though not all), colleges succeed in largely quelling those concerns when it comes to operating in the United Arab Emirates.

But what about in Saudi Arabia?

A Plan to Send Engineering Students Abroad

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will become one of the few science-centric institutions to expect study-abroad experience from all its students.

No Worker Left Behind

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Largest industrial trade association endorses a set of stackable work skills credentials, hoping to prod companies to require them and community colleges to teach them.

The Engineering Dropout Myth

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Two studies suggest that for the discipline overall, and female students in particular, the challenge is recruitment, not retention.

Window on College's Troubled Soul

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Habib Sadid has made himself an easy target. For many of his 22 years at Idaho State University, the professor of civil engineering has poked and prodded administrators. He’s run to the newspapers when he thought no one else would listen, espousing claims of rampant “corruption” within the university. In frenzied e-mails, he lambastes his dean as an ineffectual "liar." He’s even filed a lawsuit, alleging retaliation for his years in the loyal opposition.

Role Models and Stereotypes

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Study both backs up and challenges conventional wisdom about whether presence of female faculty members influences female students' choice of major.

Taking the Long View

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Many community college administrators boast about the speed with which their institutions are able to get students in and out with a credential and employed. But officials at one community college in western Massachusetts are encouraging their engineering students to think long-term and consider transferring onward in order to boost their career prospects over the long run.

The Entrepreneurial Engineer

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The undergraduate offerings at Stanford University’s School of Engineering could be engaged in a tug of war.

On one side is the foundation of math, science and major-specific courses students need to earn a degree now, or four years from now. On the other, the skills, curiosity and bent toward problem solving that students will need in their first job and in the job they get 20 or 40 years into their careers.

Rising Above the Flood

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When a record-breaking flood in June 2008 damaged 2.5 million square feet of the University of Iowa, the campus and the community worked hard to recover as much as possible in time for that fall's semester. The university opened as scheduled that fall, but the flood left an estimated $743-million impact that completely transformed the face of its campus.

Major Decisions

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Report finds wide gaps in earning power of different majors. Women and minorities cluster in programs that don't pay off.

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