Enhancing Engineering Education

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In 2020, UNC-Chapel Hill joined the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) — a network of universities across the United States with a shared vision of equipping engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Now, thanks to an additional $631,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation, a new KEEN assessment project will be led by Viji Sathy, associate dean for evaluation and assessment in undergraduate education in the College of Arts & Sciences and professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

This project — known as the Cooperative eMerging Partnership for Assessment Support and Success of the 3Cs (KEEN COMPASS) — will use entrepreneurial mindset assessment tools and resources to analyze existing assessment practices at Carolina and other KEEN partner universities. The second step of the KEEN COMPASS project is to work with partners “to utilize our measurement and assessment expertise to conduct reviews of their existing tools, improve them if possible and develop new tools as gaps arise,” said Sathy.

“It is an honor that the Kern Family Foundation has recognized our campus for its assessment expertise,” Sathy continued. “We’ve assembled a great team at UNC, along with our grant partners, to help shape the future of engineering education.”

Read the complete Carolina Story to learn more about the KEEN COMPASS initiative …

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