Atlanta University Center Consortium
IDEA Aims To Enhance Dual Degree Engineering Education
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.
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.
WHO WE ARE
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:
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.
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.
The consortium led an effort to engage alumni to pinpoint additional opportunities for change.
The AUCC expanded its engineering partnerships and developed plans for new BS/MS pathways in collaboration with Georgia Tech and Michigan.
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.
The vision for IDEA is to become a leading voice nationally for dual degree engineering education.
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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
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