Transforming academic curricula: From pulp and paper to biobased products

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This chapter describes the ongoing efforts at the University of Minnesota to transform the academic curricula to meet changes anticipated within the forest products and pulp and paper industries. The new program places emphasis on the efficient utilization of renewable bio-resources including forestry, agricultural residue and other biomass. The department-wide transformation of teaching and learning practices has been undertaken, through the reformation of degree programs, the development of curriculum and the improvement in instructional strategies. The specific objectives are organized around key thematic areas and include developing and implementing a new, transdisciplinary, inter-collegiate, bio-based products engineering and marketing and management degree program. The broader impacts of the ongoing effort include the transformation of an academic curriculum in the emerging field of bio-based products, training well-prepared technical and business professionals for the future "bio-economy."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials, Chemicals, and Energy from Forest Biomass
EditorsDimitris Argyropoulos
Number of pages14
StatePublished - Dec 10 2007

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156


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