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Next Steps

Presentations and discussions at the workshop offered insights helpful to understanding the content, scope, and sequence of current engineering curricula as well as the competing pressures and aims that make sweeping changes to engineering curricula difficult to achieve. They also offered many constructive ideas on ways to move forward toward achieving learning experiences that would better prepare engineering students to thrive in the challenging engineering practice environments envisioned for the 21st Century. One potential next step identified by several individual workshop participants, but emphasized by organizing committee chair Eli Fromm of Drexel, was the need for academic leaders to take ownership of the premise of needed reforms and to develop implementable action plans.



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4 Next Steps Presentations and discussions at the workshop offered insights helpful to understanding the content, scope, and sequence of current engineering curricula as well as the competing pressures and aims that make sweeping changes to engineering curricula difficult to achieve. They also offered many constructive ideas on ways to move forward toward achieving learning experiences that would better prepare engineering students to thrive in the challenging engineering practice environments envisioned for the 21st Century. One potential next step identified by several individual workshop participants, but emphasized by organizing committee chair Eli Fromm of Drexel, was the need for academic leaders to take ownership of the premise of needed reforms and to develop implementable action plans. 16