This issue of Engineering News-Record marks an industry first. It presents what may be the most comprehensive survey of architectural, engineering and construction education at the college and university level ever assembled in one place at one time.

The job was immense, with the largest component being the first-ever survey of the nation’s civil engineering schools. Surveys were mailed last spring, and 117 schools are detailed in the listing.

This list and ENR’s education coverage in general were initially developed by former West Coast Bureau Chief David Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum became so fascinated with the educational process that he resigned Sept. 1 to become a full-time math teacher at the inner city Galileo High School in San Francisco. He writes, "I have not worked this hard since I first started at ENR and stayed at the computer until 4 a.m. struggling to write a feature story."

When Rosenbaum accepted the position, he shipped a large cardboard box of surveys, notes and photos to Debra Rubin, managing senior editor of the business group in ENR’s New York City office. Rubin, who thought she would be supervising the project, suddenly became the number one operative. She enlisted the help of Barbara Nathaniel in making follow-up calls to schools that had not returned surveys, and Agnes Montalban-Salvio, in formatting the complex tables. Associate Art Director Nancy Soulliard was called in for cover design and graphics.

The issue also features a collaboration between ENR and its sister publication Architectural Record, which surveyed U.S. architecture programs and published a story about the results in its August issue. Record editors presented their entire survey results in detail on their Website www.archrecord.com. We have adapted the results and present portions of the data in print for the first time. Associate Editor Joann Gonchar found a "construction angle" for her story on architecture schools.

The third element included is a reprint of the ENR survey about schools of construction first published in 2001. The listing is reprinted to complete the package for 10,000 high school students, who will receive this issue as part of a collaboration between ENR and McGraw-Hill Education.