U.S. Could Lose Competitive Edge In Engineering

07/24/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Adam Bruckner has noticed a disturbing trend during his 38 years as a University of Washington professor of aeronautics engineering.

His tests are less rigorous. His students, less prepared. Even the format of classes is changing, morphing into something that requires less manpower and smaller amounts of state money.

Bruckner, the chair of the only aeronautical engineering program in the Pacific Northwest, is facing a crisis: a malnourished budget and a bad case of student unpreparedness.

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