A Model Curriculum for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Associate Degree Programs

  • Xin-Ran Duan (Ivy Tech State College)


Computer Aided Design (CAD) is a good example of technological innovation that has had a significant impact on the design and manufacturing industry and other fields. The rapid pace of technological change requires responses and innovative approaches from institutions of higher education. Therefore, “the development of high-technology programs has become a major concern for post-secondary colleges across the country” since the early 1980s (Abram, Ashley, Hofmann, & Thompson, 1983, p. vii). Jeswiet and Surgenor (1985) conducted a survey to determine how industry feels about the technological progress and to seek advice on how to update educational programs. They concluded that an educational program “must continually adapt and upgrade its courses to remain in tune with the changing technology” (p. 41). Richards (1985) investigated the CAD/CAM revolution, and noted that, “Most American colleges and universities are struggling to catch up with developments in computer aided design and manufacturing” (p. 19). They “have to adjust to the new realities of education and devise innovative ways to meet the demands of their expanding constituency” (p. 24).

Keywords: administration|curriculum|CAD|design|graphic communications|research methods

How to Cite:

Duan, X., (2004) “A Model Curriculum for Computer Aided Design (CAD) Associate Degree Programs”, Journal of Industrial Technology 20(2).

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Published on
31 Jan 2004