Atlanta University Center Consortium

IDEA Aims To Enhance Dual Degree Engineering Education

The mission of IDEA is to increase the number of dual-degree engineering program graduates, in the AUC and nationally, that are prepared for engineering careers, resilient with high engineering identity, and impactful on society and their community.


IDEA aims to generate new ideas useful in solving engineering problems and to promote engineering education theory and best practices.


IDEA aims to increase diversity in engineering by promoting and developing the strengths of diverse students, particularly those attending dual degree programs at HBCUs and liberal arts institutions.


IDEA focuses on the building of relationships, sharing experiences, and the community using engineering.


IDEA focuses on career readiness along with providing access to tools and experiences that prepare students for the workforce.


Atlanta University Center Consortium

The mission of the Atlanta University Center Consortium is to promote collaboration and involvement among our campuses, residents, and other stakeholders in enhancing the quality of life within the neighboring community. The Consortium seeks to leverage the resources of the community and member institutions to maximize opportunities for citizens to live, learn, work, and play.

The mission of IDEA is to increase the number of dual degree engineering program graduates in the AUC and nationally to be better prepared for engineering careers, resilient with high engineering identity, and impactful on society and their community. Engineering identity is the ability to view oneself as an engineer and has been linked to academic and professional persistence of Black students. The institute will assess outcomes to ensure best practices and continual improvement.

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Facilitating Pathways To Engineering Through DDEP

The Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc. has facilitated pathways to engineering for its member institutions through its Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP) since 1969.

In 1969, the historically Black colleges forming the AUC entered an agreement with Georgia Institute of Technology Dual Degree in Engineering. At the start of the partnership with GA Tech, Blacks represented less than 1 percent of engineers in the American workforce. This unique partnership was formed to build academic centers of excellence for Black students to increase the number of minorities in science and technology.

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Adding Value To The AUC & Dual Degree Engineering Efforts

To add value to the AUC and dual-degree engineering efforts, the AUCC has made the following initiatives:

In 2018

The AUCC began strengthening industry relationships and the promotion of internship and scholarship opportunities which led to over a million dollars in scholarships awarded to students last year.

In 2018

In 2019

The AUCC created a summer bridge program that is inter-institutional. This program has served over 50 students and plans to begin with its third cohort in the summer of 2023.

In 2019

In 2020

The consortium led an effort to engage alumni to pinpoint additional opportunities for change.

In 2020

In 2021

The AUCC expanded its engineering partnerships and developed plans for new BS/MS pathways in collaboration with Georgia Tech and Michigan.

In 2021

In 2022

The Consortium hired a new assistant director with engineering education expertise and announced the Institute for Dual Degree Engineering Advancement (IDEA) to focus both on operations and advancement of dual degree engineering best practices.

In 2022

By 2033

The vision for IDEA is to become a leading voice nationally for dual degree engineering education.

By 2033
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In my current role as the Assistant Director for Engineering Innovation at the AUCC and Director of The Institute for Dual Degree Engineering Advancement (IDEA) I often receive the question “Why study liberal arts?” As a product of the Dual Degree Engineering Program I too once grappled with this question as an 18-year-old college student. The expansiveness of the liberal arts education is what drew me in as I enrolled in the AUC as a wide-eyed and eager first year student. I wanted a college experience that invested in me as a whole person. Courses in Black history, foreign language, humanities, comparative politics, social science, and fine arts rounded out my in-depth exposure to science and technology. As I reflect today, I am reminded of the quote by Albert Einstein

The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks...

Dr. Jonathan E. Gaines

Assistant Director for Engineering Innovation


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