University Outreach Program
It is estimated that in the U.S. alone, there are more than 95,000 recognized
standards. These make applications, communications and connection compatibility
and interoperability possible. Standards also advance global trade in products
and services; promote quality assurance of products, personnel and systems; and
enhance consumer and environmental protection.
Incorporating standards into a university curriculum will provide an excellent
introduction to the impact of standardization on the marketplace and give
students a competitive edge when entering the workforce. A new graduate who is
familiar with the standards relevant to their industry and how the standards
system works is a strategic asset to their future employer.
“Education programs covering the development and implementation of
standards need to become a high priority within the United States. These
programs must focus on the needs of leaders and top executives, those who
participate in the development of standards, university and college students,
and other interested parties”
~ United States Standards Strategy (2005)
Strategic Initiative 10
In pursuit of its commitment to implementation of the
United States Standards Strategy (USSS), ANSI is developing a
pilot University Outreach program that will introduce globally-recognized and
adopted standards into the classroom. ANSI will collaborate with faculty from a
select group of universities to incorporate information about standards and
conformity assessment, as well as knowledge of the appropriate standards, into
their unique curricula. The program will be open to all disciplines.
Participants in the pilot program will have unfettered access to members of the
U.S. standardization community who will be available to provide case studies,
model tutorials, and other educational resources that can be used by professors
in the classroom.
ANSI will continue to provide free access for faculty and students in the pilot
to any defined group of standards currently available in the collections of the
ISO and IEC.
As the U.S. Member Body of the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO), ANSI has been authorized to provide, upon request, complimentary access
for students and faculty to selected standards currently available in the
ISO collection. If needed, certain standards from the
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) may also be made
These collections are comprised of nearly 20,000 standards, which can be made
available to faculty and students in all disciplines in institutions of higher
learning throughout the United States.
A key component of this initiative is the pooling of existing resources that
will facilitate the ability of faculty to bring standards into their
classrooms. Members of the standards development community are encouraged to
participate by providing educational and technical content that will help to
support this initiative.
Standards Developers can help by:
Designating a point of contact and identifying resources within the
organization that could be made available to university faculty and students
Indicating to ANSI all areas of expertise in which your organization would be
willing to serve as a resource to relevant university programs eager to
This information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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To learn more about access to complimentary standards and/or the University
Outreach Pilot Program, or to get involved, please send a message to