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ANSI’s University Outreach Program Ramps Up for New School Year

New York, Sep 07, 2007

Now in its third full academic year, ANSI’s university outreach program seeks to educate students on the impact of standardization on the marketplace. By bringing standards into the classroom, ANSI, professors, and academic administrators are teaming up to give students a competitive edge when entering the workforce.

In pursuit of its commitment to implementation of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), ANSI collaborates with faculty from a select group of universities to incorporate information about standards and conformity assessment into their unique curricula. Participants in the program have access to members of the U.S. standardization community who are available to provide case studies, model tutorials, and other educational resources. In addition, ANSI provides free access for faculty and students to any defined group of standards currently available in the ISO and IEC collections.

In 2007 alone, 347 students at 16 different schools have had the opportunity to receive a standards education in their classrooms. Since the program was launched in the summer of 2005:

  • 51 professors have expressed interest in the program
  • 33 schools have been or are now participating
  • 36 professors have been or are now participating
  • 736 students in the classes have been or are now engaged
  • 252 standards have been provided

The ongoing success of the university outreach program is dependent upon the resources of the standardization community. ANSI encourages all standards developing organizations (SDOs) and other members of the standards community to assist in providing educational and technical content that will help to support this initiative.

SDOs and other members of the standards and conformity assessment community can get involved and support the university outreach effort by:

  • Designating a point of contact and identifying resources within your organization that could be made available to university faculty and students
  • Indicating to ANSI all areas of expertise in which your organization would be willing to serve as a resource to relevant university programs eager to introduce standards

For more information or to get involved, contact Stacy Leistner, director of communications and education (212.642.4931).

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