Feds to test financial aid for unorthodox college programs

New times, new thinking, new models  – responding to the needs of society. Great pilot!

In an experiment backed by the federal government, Northeastern University and General Electric are offering a new manufacturing degree program to be taught primarily at the company’s work sites. Students will take online courses through the university, undergo training at a GE plant and earn a bachelor’s degree within three years.

The biggest twist: For the first time, students who enroll in that kind of partnership will be eligible for federal financial aid.

Read details here.

Stephen C-Y. Lu wins the 2015 Duncan Fraser Award for Excellence in Engineering Education!

Stephen Lu recent photo

The IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education recognizes individuals who have made innovative and meritorious contributions having a significant impact on the advancement of engineering education. Congratulations to my colleague and friend from the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California!

He is the brain behind the innovative Viterbi iPodia program (www.ipodia.usc.edu) and was a member of NEU Advisory Board. To learn more about IFEES, the award and Stephen please go here.

Inspiring Change Agents to Transform Engineering Education

Screenshot 2014-09-09 15.54.22Truly honored to have been selected as one of these pioneers in engineering education! Thanks, Cindy Atman, also a world recognized pioneer, who lead this project/initiative that identifies challenges and strategies of 47 engineering education pioneers.

You can view her distinguished lecture presented at ASEE on June 2014 here. Her slides, explaining the selection process and outcomes of this initiative can be downloaded here Atman distinguished lecture, ASEE 2014 (1)

You can access my contribution (interview) here:Final Profile – Morell_with photos

US News Report Details Shortage of STEM Students

US News & World Report Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/23) reports that it is releasing a new “STEM index” in conjunction with Raytheon indicating that “student aptitude for and interest in” STEM subjects “has been mostly flat for more than a decade, even as the need for STEM skills continues to grow.” The article calls the report “the first comprehensive index that measures the key factors relating to STEM jobs and education,” and notes that there has been “some upward movement, particularly in the actual number of STEM degrees granted at the undergraduate and graduate levels.” However, US News reports that the overall numbers suggest “that the education pipeline to fill the current and future jobs that will require STEM skills still isn’t producing enough talent.”

[from the ASEE.org e-newsletter]