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MIT is hosting a major ECSEL workshop (Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership) on the reform of undergraduate engineering education on April 30 and May 1 in Building E51.
The three panels will focus on curriculum reform and learning by design, faculty development, and industry and curriculum reform. The workshop aims to describe and disseminate the main results of ECSEL's efforts over the past decade; to bring together faculty department chairs and deans from a variety of engineering schools to explore how the most significant barriers to reform can be overcome; and to set effective policies for the future.
ECSEL is an NSF-funded coalition of seven engineering schools (Howard University, the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, MIT, Morgan State University, the University of Washington and City College of New York) dedicated to the reform of engineering education through the infusion of design throughout the curriculum and to increasing the recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities.
Panels are free to the MIT community; check in Friday morning between 8:30 and 9am at Wong Auditorium.
ECSEL plans to publish a document based on contributions to a web forum as well as on discussions recorded at the workshop sessions.
A version of this article appeared in the April 14, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 26).