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No Federal Programs are Designed Primarily to Support Engineering Education, But Many Do.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM ANALYSIS DIV
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We have presented an overview of Federal civilian agency support for engineering education that describes the size and scope of Federal assistance, its relationship to current concerns in this area, and the changes that could be effected by the fy 1982 budget. We found that engineering education in 1980 was supported by 38 programs at 11 agencies, although none were primarily intended to advance engineering education. Instead, they provided assistance while furthering two other broad objectives 1 support for education in general or science education in particular or 2 advancement of agency scientific and technical missions. About 240 million was provided by 35 agency-specific programs, with the preponderance of support derived from Student Financial Assistance and aid to the three federally subsidized academies. Together, the 31 remaining agency-specific programs provided only 28 million. To the extent we could quantify funding, we found most Federal support related to the current concern about the supply of engineers rather than to the concern about the condition of the engineering schools. This disparity was due primarily to Student Financial Assistance providing nearly four-fifths of all agency-specific funding.
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