Refocusing Our Efforts: Assessing Non-Technical Competency Gaps

TitleRefocusing Our Efforts: Assessing Non-Technical Competency Gaps
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsMeier, RL, Williams, MR, Humphreys, MA
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published2000
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
KeywordsCurricula , CURRICULUM , Customer , DECISION , National , technology , United
AbstractThis study reports the findings of a National Science Foundation-funded study focused on providing solutions to the identified needs for curricular change in Advanced Technological Education programs. The purpose of this study was to explore the extent of competency gaps in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) education graduates as perceived by business and industry leaders.  This study found that SMET programs must extend the boundaries of their traditional curricula to include competencies such as: customer expectations and satisfaction, commitment to doing one's best, listening skills, sharing information and cooperating with co-workers, team working skills, adapting to changing work environments, customer orientation and focus, and ethical decision making and behavior.
NotesMEIER, RONALD L. 1; Email Address: WILLIAMS, MICHAEL R. 2 HUMPHREYS, MICHAEL A. 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Industrial Technology, Illinois State University 2: Department of Marketing, Illinois State University; Source Info: 7/ 1/2000, Vol. 89 Issue 3, p377; Subject Term: CURRICULA (Courses of study); Subject Term: TECHNOLOGY -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: CURRICULUM planning; Subject Term: CUSTOMER satisfaction; Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: UNITED States; Company/Entity: NATIONAL Science Foundation (U.S.); Number of Pages: 9p; Illustrations: 2 Diagrams, 10 Charts; Document Type: Article