Engineering is a professional practice. What students need to learn in order to be effective engineers in today’s workplace are:
- Strong engineering fundamentals
- A capacity for creative problem solving and innovation
- Demonstrated abilities to work in teams
- Clear and effective communication
- Ethics and civility
- A commitment to remote, on-line and continuous learning
Anderson University proposes an innovative engineering curriculum that embraces the following educational philosophical elements:
- Comply with the core AU Gold liberal arts tradition of debate
- Establish entrepreneurship/entrepreneurism as a central thread throughout the delivery of engineering content
- Use inverted classes with hands-on engineering experiences in the first year
- Use flipped classrooms that emphasize independent learning and group problem solving, much like the real world
- A required internship
- a commitment to remote, on-line and continuous learning
The College of Engineering will launch with the recruitment of its inaugural class in Fall 2022. Students will pursue an innovative but rigorous curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) or a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSEE/BSCE). These students will be aggressively recruited from local area high schools and the Governor's Schools through the award of full and partial scholarships (equivalent to Palmetto Scholarships) and who during their term will serve as: 1) college ambassadors and 2) peer recruiters.
Graduates will be prepared for placement in local engineering-intensive industry. Internship placement is expected to emphasize and impart skills training and not just serve as a long company interview. Industry partners must therefore have an approved skills training plan for each intern.