May 18, 2012
In Rhode Island, an Unusual Marriage of Engineering and Languages Lures Students
Qilai Shen for the Chronicle
The University of Rhode Island colleagues each had a problem.
Hermann Viets, then dean of engineering, felt strongly that his students needed international experience to be competitive in a globalizing job market—and, like many engineering majors, they weren't getting it. His fellow administrator and next-door neighbor, John M. Grandin, associate dean of arts and sciences at the time, saw the writing on the wall with declining numbers in his German language and literature