ANSI works with members of the U.S. academic community to promote the incorporation of standards-related information into the curriculum of U.S. colleges and universities. Incorporating standards into a university curriculum provides an excellent introduction to the impact of standardization on the marketplace and gives 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.
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. Upon request, ANSI can provide faculty with complimentary access to selected international standards for use in curricula. The objective is to raise the awareness and impact of standards in their field of study.