Passing our students while we fail upwards: Reflections on the inaugural year of CSU Engineering

E. D. Lindsay, J. R. Morgan

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CSU Engineering University introduced its radical new Civil Engineering degree in 2016. The program (described in full elsewhere) was deliberately designed to eschew the traditional lecture-lab-model of engineering education, and instead focus on training student engineers in an authentic and actual engineering work environment. The program was built upon a strong foundation of engineering educational research from around the globe, with clearly identified best practices being woven together to form the CSU Engineering curriculum. Each of the pieces was chosen for its proven impact in its original environment; with the challenge for CSU Engineering being how to make the integration of these pieces work without the underlying traditional environment. While the overall program rollout was a success, there were a number of mistakes made along the way; this paper highlights some of our key learnings, and the improvements made for the second year to overcome them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017 (SEFI 2017)
Subtitle of host publicationEducation excellence for sustainability
EditorsJosé Carlos Quadrado, Jorge Bernardino, João Rocha
Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789899887572
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education: SEFI 2017 - Cultural and Congress Center, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Duration: 18 Sept 201721 Sept 2017 (Conference website) (Conference proceedings)


Conference45th Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Abbreviated titleEducation Excellence For Sustainability
CityAngra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores
OtherSEFI invites you to participate in its 45th Annual Conference, organised by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), in Azores (Portugal). SEFI Annual Conferences have been organised in different parts of Europe and represent a unique opportunity for the members of SEFI and all those interested by or involved in engineering education and research to exchange views and opinions, to establish new contacts with peers and other higher Engineering Education stakeholders. The themes of the conferences reflect the objectives of the Society and the priorities identified by its members. In 2016 the conference was held in Tampere on the theme of “Engineering Education on Top of the World: Industry-University Cooperation”, and in 2018, it will be organised by DTU in Copenhagen (Denmark) on “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for EE Excellence“.

We invite you to join us in 2017 in Terceira Island (Azores) to cooperate on “Education Excellence for Sustainability”, a theme that is of paramount importance for the Azores Islands a world reference on the successful sustainability development aligned with the wonderful landscape values. The strategical placement in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is also an opportunity to bridge with the North American colleagues that will have a pre SEFI conference collocated event.
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