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A 30 Year Survey Of Rochester Institute Of Technology Engineering Technology Graduates

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Issues for ET Administrators

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9.8.1 - 9.8.14



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John Stratton

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Maureen Valentine

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Carol Richardson

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Session # 2150-737

A 30 Year Survey of Rochester Institute of Technology Engineering Technology Graduates

Carol Richardson, John Stratton, and Maureen Valentine Rochester Institute of Technology


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) surveyed the alumni of its seven engineering technology (ET) programs in 1997 and again in 2002. RIT, along with three other universities with ET programs, published a paper on the results of the 1997 survey in the 1998 ASEE Conference Proceedings. This paper presents and analyzes the RIT 2002 ET alumni survey data and compares it to the RIT 1997 survey and ET alumni surveys of three other universities between 1990 and 1996. RIT surveyed over 3,000 ET alumni in 1997 and 5,632 alumni in 2002. The RIT alumni salary data obtained in the 1997 and 2002 surveys corresponds to salary data for engineers with job experience published by the Engineering Workforce Commission and has been a strong recruiting tool for freshman and transfer ET students. The two RIT alumni surveys document the achievements of the RIT ET graduates for the past thirty years and will be a strong assessment tool for the next RIT ABET Technology Commission 2000 (TC2K) accreditation visit. The ET salary surveys show that ET graduates are clearly rewarded as professionals on the engineering team.


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a private university in upstate New York that enrolls more than 15,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students preparing for technical and professional careers in more than 200 different academic programs. RIT attracts students from every state and more than 80 foreign countries and offers students work experience through the university’s co-operative educational program. RIT, a pioneer in career-oriented education and a leader in cooperative education since 1912, has one of the oldest and largest co-op programs in the world, with more than 1,300 employers and 2,500 students participating. RIT’s eight colleges include Applied Science and Technology, Business, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering, Imaging Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts, Science, and the primarily federally funded National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT’s modern 1,300-acre campus is located in Rochester, the third-largest city in New York State.

RIT ET History

RIT baccalaureate programs in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) began in 1970 for transfer students from two-year engineering technology programs. Freshman and sophomore engineering technology courses were added in

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Stratton, J., & Valentine, M., & Richardson, C. (2004, June), A 30 Year Survey Of Rochester Institute Of Technology Engineering Technology Graduates Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13963

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