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Workshop Reaches Out to Engineering Educators to Promote Standards Knowledge

New York, Apr 13, 2004

Recent studies in the United States and Europe have revealed a lack of support related to standardization as study matter in higher education, and indicated that standards training and education is most often seen as a professional activity. As part of a collective goal within the standards community to promote the integration of standards and conformity assessment in university curricula, ANSI is co-sponsoring a faculty workshop for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) to be held in conjunction with the ASEE Fall Regional Conference. The workshop, "Incorporating Standards into Capstone Design Courses," will be held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, on October 22, 2004.

Co-sponsored by ANSI, the Catholic University, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the workshop will bring together panelists from industry, government and academia to provide insight into the world of voluntary standards, and offer techniques for incorporating standards and conformity assessment-related topics in university curricula.

Current Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria stipulates that students must be prepared to incorporate engineering standards into design. Yet students and educators in every discipline benefit from even a rudimentary understanding of standardization and the mechanisms to assess conformity to standards. The workshop will help define the minimum standards literacy for students, across disciplines.

This faculty workshop is one of several efforts now underway by an ANSI-sponsored Committee on Education to incorporate standards-related information into the curricula of colleges, universities, and even high schools to educate the next generation of business leaders on the strategic impact of standards and conformity assessment. Originally formed in 2002 as an ad hoc group to support the implementation of Goal 11 of the National Standards Strategy, the Committee was added as a standing committee of the ANSI National Policy Committee in 2003. Educators interested in participating on the committee are welcome.

For more information about the workshop or the ANSI Committee on Education, please contact Dr. William Kelly, chair of the ANSI Committee on Education and co-director of the Center for Global Standards Analysis at the Catholic University (202.319.5514;, or Pamela Suett in ANSI's education and training services group (212.642.4976;