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Frontiers in Education Mission & Vision

Frontiers in Education (FIE)  Vision:
We advance and re-define engineering and computing education to ensure that all students receive the best possible preparation for their future.
Frontiers in Education (FIE) Mission: 
ASEE and IEEE unite to create an inclusive venue where excellence in research, teaching, and creative activity are valued.  We bring together a multidisciplinary global community committed to improving  scholarship and practice in engineering and computing education.

FIE Values:
1) A collaborative, supportive, and inclusive community

  • Encouraging mentorship and professional growth
  • Promoting global discourse and collaboration
  • Appreciating multi-disciplinary approaches 

2) Innovation, new approaches, and challenges to established practice

  • Recognizing the contributions of other scholars 
  • Respecting different types of contributions
  • Valuing both qualitative and quantitative evidence 

3) High quality scholarship

  • Improving practice  
  • Generating new knowledge
  • Addressing both successes and failures

4) Ethical conference conduct 

  • Emphasizing responsible authorship, 
  • Remaining free from bias and conflict of interest.
  • Exhibiting respect for all 

Introduction and Historical Sponsorship

The Frontiers in Education conference (FIE) is a well-respected international conference on engineering and computer science education. The IEEE Education Society founded the conference in 1971. The American Society for Engineering Education joined as a co-sponsor in 1973. For more than two decades, these two sponsoring societies held the conference in various locations around the United States and, occasionally, in international venues. In 1995, the IEEE Computer Society became a sponsor and together these three groups have continued to plan high quality events that provide engineering and computer science educators the opportunity to network and showcase peer-reviewed scholarly contributions in educational research and classroom practice. In 2013, the FIE Steering Committee formed formal policy that places FIE within the continental United States with the possibility of an international location at five year intervals.

The educational research and the educational practice literature generated by FIE is regularly cited in scholarly work and helped to inspire a well-regarded textbook in engineering education written by John Heywood and published by Wiley-IEEE Press (ISBN: 978-0-471-74111-4).

Peer Review Process and Paper Statistics

FIE uses a two-stage review process that begins with the issuance of a call-for-papers in June of the year preceding the conference. The first stage requires submission of a short abstract that is then peer-reviewed by the technical program committee for appropriateness to the conference, the yearly theme, new and engaging ideas, and so on. Abstracts that are selected are invited to submit full papers and works-in-progress (short papers) for blind peer-review. A blind peer review means that reviewers can see the names of the authors but the authors are not told the names of the reviewers.

Table 1: FIE Acceptance Rate Data 2007-2020

Year  Acceptance Rate Abstracts Published
2020 55% 774 424
2019 56% 648 365
2018 59% 911 539
2017 45% 660 302
2016 48% 854 412
2015 52% 575 396
2014 57% 895 507
2013 70% 609 429
2012 43% 690 300
2011 60% 736 440
2010 45% 833 379
2009 45% 783 355
2008 47% 876 411
2007 55% 734 403

Attendance Statistics

The Frontiers in Education Conference is one of the world’s premier conference events covering the areas of engineering, computer engineering, software engineering, and computer science education. It has a loyal author and attendee base. Registrations have remained relatively constant over the past fifteen years. This is remarkable when the worldwide economic recession is considered. The reason is the sense of community that FIE provides to attendees: the high quality technical papers consistently provide state-of-the-art conversation in education, the registration fee has remained relatively affordable, and registration pays for an opening reception, three breakfasts, three lunches, all coffee and refreshment breaks, as well as the conference bag, the proceedings, an exhibit hall, free wireless internet, and other similar amenities. Registrants consistently compliment FIE on the common food functions that foster a sense of camaraderie and provide ample opportunity for participant networking. Table 2 provides the statistical summary of FIE registration in the 21st century. The trend line is nearly horizontal with an average attendance of 576 people.

Table 2: FIE Attendance in the 21st Century

Year Attendance
2020 561
2019 437
2018 668
2017 436
2016 511
2015 513
2014 571
2013 481
2012 505
2011 527
2010 631
2009 513
2008 590
2007 642
2006 659
2005 663
2004 566
2003 693
2002 629
2001 499
2000 464