The @MATEC Archives

Volume 1, Number 2 Word from the PI
Dr. Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr.
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(The following is an excerpt from remarks made to the Congressional Committee for Math, Science and Engineering Education programs at the National Science Foundation.)


President Clinton unequivocally defined the connection between knowledge and the future of our nation. He said – and here I quote: "I do believe, based on the sheer economic realities and the need for greater understanding of our interdependence in the world in which we’re living that we have to make the first two years of college as universal as high school education is today." An undergraduate education is now the key to success in the workforce, just as a high school diploma once was.

It is here that the National Science Foundation and its Division of Undergraduate Education, plays such an important role. A key element in this process has been NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, a unique partnership designed exclusively for associate degree-granting institutions. ATE promotes improvement in advanced technological education through the support of curriculum development and program improvement, and by targeting technicians being educated for employment that requires the use of advanced technologies.

Recognizing the need to deliver education efficiently as well as effectively, major attention will be focused on learning strategies that enable students to acquire competency in compressed time periods. The bottom line focus is on approaches that integrate the teaching and learning of academic concepts in science, mathematics, and technology with the development of workplace competencies.