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ANSI’s education programs and resources raise awareness of the importance of standards and conformity assessment to students, academia, and the public, and provide engagement opportunities for the next generation of standardization participants. These initiatives bring together the expertise of partners from across the standards and conformity assessment community, and support implementation of the education-related aspects of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS) – the document that guides how the United States develops standards and participates in the international standards-setting process.

United States Standards Strategy (USSS) - Strategic Initiative 10

USSS Strategic Initiative 10 outlines the goal of promoting and encouraging a standards-literate workforce by building standards awareness and competence among various communities, as follows: 

The ANSI Committee on Education oversees all Institute initiatives related to standards and conformity assessment education and outreach. The committee works with the entire standards and conformity assessment community to introduce the importance of standards to the academic community and to the public at large, and continually seeks out partnerships and opportunities to engage and inform new constituents of all ages.

As coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and as U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC, via the U.S. National Committee), ANSI is uniquely suited to develop educational activities that inspire students to get actively involved in standards and conformity assessment – critical components of a strong U.S. economy, health and safety, and quality of life.

Why is standards education vital?

Standards and conformance play a critical role in the economy, impacting more than 80% of global commodity trade. In today’s numbers that equates to over 14 trillion dollars every year. As a result, 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.

Effective utilization of standards and conformance promotes technological interoperability and drives the global competitiveness of businesses. And active participation in standards development provides an opportunity to exert influence on technical content and align products and services with changing market demand.

To ensure the U.S. retains its strength and innovative edge in global markets, standardization is imperative as part of the curricula of our future managers, scientists, and technologists.

Standardization Case Studies:

Download and share these real-world examples of how standards and conformity assessment helped solve problems and drive progress across a variety of disciplines.

"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life." - Plato

How Do We Engage the Next Generation?

The first step in getting young, emerging professionals and students (YES) – our future standardization leaders – involved in standards development activities is educating them about the importance of standardization.

What is standardization?

A brief introduction to standards and what we mean when we use the term "standardization."

ANSI offers an array of courses, activities, tools, and resources for emerging professionals and students of all ages to learn more about the importance of standards and conformity assessment, the American National Standards (ANS) process, ANSI’s role in international standards organizations, and opportunities for engagement in domestic and international standardization activities.

ANSI also provides comprehensive information on how emerging professionals and members of the general public – including students – can participate in domestic and international standards development activities.

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