Lisa R. Lattuca, Linda C. Strauss, and J. Fredericks Volkwein
400 Rackley Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802-3203, USA
This study compares the changes in programs and courses reported by Chairs and faculty with the assessments of new engineering hires reported by employers in a national study of engineering accreditation. Employers report that new engineers demonstrate adequate competency in foundational science, math, and technical skills — and program Chairs and faculty report little change in their courses and program curricula in these areas. In the areas where employers perceive the need for more attention to skill building, such as communication, teamwork, and use of modern engineering tools, faculty and Chairs report the greatest increases in curricular emphasis.