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ANSI Ad Hoc Education and Awareness Committee Reaches Out to Universities

Call for Open Participation in April 28th Meeting

New York, Apr 02, 2003

As a continuation of programs launched during 2002, the ANSI Ad Hoc Committee on Standards Education and Awareness has issued a call for ANSI member participation to assist in outreach efforts to institutions of higher education and in the promotion of e-learning programs for standards-related education.

The luncheon meeting will be held on Monday, April 28, from 12:30-3:00 pm at ANSI headquarters in Washington, DC. The agenda will focus primarily on the development of strategies and action plans for integrating standards into higher education, such as law, public policy, business and engineering.

Preliminary ideas for discussion by the ad hoc include the establishment of a coalition with the national and international academic community, which include university faculty and organizations that have an interest in this initiative; collaboration efforts with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of a “Standards of Faculty” education session that includes representatives from business, government and organizations; the development of case studies and materials for faculty (e.g., wireless communications or power transmission) and the Call for Papers to university faculty on standards research for session at ANSI’s 2003 Annual Conference. Additional topics of discussion are welcome and encouraged.

“The Committee is dedicated to extending its outreach efforts to higher education and promoting its e-learning program as an efficient and inexpensive way to educate the next generation of business leaders on the strategic impact of standards and conformance assessment,” explained Dr. William Kelly, chairman of the ad hoc group.

“E-learning is an excellent way to reach university faculty and students, and is a significant step in our outreach efforts to integrate standards into university education, and to provide content for faculty to include in their curriculum,” stated Pamela Suett, manager of the Education and Training program at ANSI. “We encourage ANSI members to attend this meeting, and to invite those outside of their organizations who are interested in this initiative, especially university faculty to participate in this or future meetings.”

Initial results and progress of the committee’s initiative are evidenced at the University of Maryland, where its junior-senior professional seminar course, Fire Protection Engineering (ENFP 350), requires students to take and complete ANSI’s E-learning program, Why Standards Matter. A vital part of their integrative course, the students commented that they were pleased with ANSI’s online course and found it to be very helpful.

Dr. Steven Spivak, a former member of the ANSI Board of Directors and professor emeritus in the Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) program at the University of Maryland, was invited to lead an in-class discussion about the related aspects of national, regional and international standardization. Dr. Spivak spoke of his support of the required completion of ANSI’s online course: “This is a demonstrable example of how ANSI's new E-learning course and programs, especially the gratis introduction Why Standards Matter, can be used to enormous benefit by colleges and universities both in North America and worldwide.”

The upcoming meeting is a follow-up to the Ad Hoc Education Committee activities in 2002, which included the Columbia University Panel co-sponsored by ANSI, NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) and the International Center for Standards Research (ICSR) (see related story), and the University Faculty Outreach session conducted at the 2002 ANSI Annual Conference.

If you are interested in attending this or any upcoming meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Standards Education and Awareness, or if you’d like additional information about ANSI’s education and e-learning program, please contact Pamela Suett at 212.642.4976 or e-mail:

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