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APPENDIX C Professional Society Survey Although several professional groups have conducted studies of soci- ety-sponsored continuing education for engineers, these efforts for the most part have been few and limited in scope. At a meeting in January 1984, representatives from nine such groups met and decided to update the available data Insofar as possibleJ, using a simply formatted ques- tionnaire that was sent to 40 organizations. Eleven responses were received, which have been totaled and appear below in the spaces pro- vided in the questionnaire. {See Chapter 5 for a more detailed discus- sion of the rationale for and results of the survey. I Please list your current programs: Program Conferences Clinics Seminars Trade Shows Home Study Courses Average Average Average Number Duration (his) Cost ($) .3 1 135 175 406 127 36 months 69 imaximumJ 6,425 /pkg. 2, 750 avg. 140 1.67 1 15.27 2.3 1 3 Industry In-House Courses 3.55 3.25 Video Program .91 6.5 Audio-assisted Courses .73 12 Modular Courses Case Histories Other Types: (Please list) 88 1.09

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APPENDIX C 89 II How do you supply or generate the technical subject content? Source Response Percentage Standing Committee 9 81 Ad Hoc Committee 6 55 45 36 9 27 Industry Input Research Results Government Report Other (1 4 1 3 m How do you evaluate the effectiveness of the program on its relevance to members current/long-range needs? Method Response Attendance {or ParticipationJ 9 Peers Committee Questionnaire Other 4 5 8 1 Percentage 82 36 45 73 9 IV What is the lead time to develop technical content and produce the program, course, or item? Percentage Almost immediate 3 Months 6 Months 1 Year Other Response 4 V Are your programs financially self-supporting? Individually Collectively {some win, some loseJ Response 3 7 Subsidize some Subsidize all Are they funded by outside groups Yes 2 No 9 63.6 36.4 Percentage 27 64 10 1 VI Do you have sufficient seed money to develop new and narrative programs for members' future needs? Yes 7 No 2 Don't Know 2 Is it substantial? Yes 2 No

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90 APPENDIX C VII How do you determine the education needs of members? Survey 8 Industry request Committee 10 Government request Staff 9 Academic supplement Other 1 2 2 vm What group in your organization determines member needs? Education Committee 10 Office Group Technical Committee 6 Board of Directors 4 Other 2 Staff o 8 IX Do you have a large organized member technical committee structure to determine need and programs for subset disciplines? Yes 9 No 2 X Is the technology in your discipline: Advancing Moving Rapidly Standing Still 6 Declining Slowly Beginning Less Relevant o o o XI Do your present conventional program delivery systems answer the need for rapid exposure of new technology to a large number of your members in a short time? Yes 7 No 4 XII Have you recently looked at your methods of information/tech- nology transfer to your members and others? Yes 10 No 1 Is it adequate to their needs? Yes _ No 2 XIII Do you think your delivery systems need to be modernized? Yes 6 No 4 Have you considered, or are you considering: Teleconferencing Video courses Satellite conferencing Audio information tapes Computer programmed learning courses Personal computer instruction software 8 3 5 7 Yes Percentage 64 73 27 45 64 64

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APPENDIX C 91 XIV Do you spend considerable personnel/financial resources work- ing with other groups for continuing education? Academia Government Industry Other Societies 4 2 3 4 Yes Percentage 36 18 27 36 Do you feel the trend in programming for your members is toward multidiscipline or multisociety programming to ade- quately cover the subject for continuing education? Yes Percentage 3 27 XV Do you have member recognition, motivating, or credential list- ing programs? Plaques, Certificates, etc. Certification Programs Central Credential Registry 9 4 5 Yes Percentage 82 36 45 Does your organization assist the member in planning a coordi nated, long- or short-range personnel development program? Yes Percentage 5 45 Is it recognized by industry? Academia? Professions? Do you think these programs are a factor in motivating your members to participate? Do you plan to install a formal Professional Development/Continuing Education program in the near future? XVI Do you have a profile of your membership? Is it stored in your computer? Can you manipulate the data for analytical purposes? What is the median age of your members? 44 6 5 5 4 55 45 45 36 2 18 Yes Percentage 100 100 10 100

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92 APPENDIX C XVII Does your organization work with ABET;or other organizations) to accredit the content of your Engineering Curricula? Yes 9 No General Comments: This survey hits only the highlight questions. It is intended only to establish data for further study. The overall study is intended to point out areas for further in-depth analysis. Please feel free to add your comments, constructive or otherwise, to the above questions, or on any other subject in continuing education that you feel is relevant or needs further amplification.