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The Synthesis Coalition, supported by the National Science Foundation and industrial partners, is comprised of the following eight educational institutions: California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Comell, Hampton, Iowa State, Southern, Stanford, and Tuskegee Universities, and the University of California at Berkeley (1].
The National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS) is an entirely new courseware development and distribution system which will provide Widespread, rapid, electronic access to an almost arbitrarily large number of diverse instructional modules (2-4). Curricular material in the NEEDS database are organized by a diverse range of indices. Links across disciplines are provided in the form of "curricular paths" though the elements in the database. This year, NEEDS will be available not only to this Coalition but to at engineering schools, both ~~ a library/database and a broad distribution channel for the results of their work in developing new concepts, methods, curricula and tools.
Electrical and Computer Engineering