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Institutions of higher education that seek to provide affordable degree pathways that are aligned with the needs of industry, and ultimately prepare students for employment, must strive to develop innovative partnerships and educational delivery modes. This paper details the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of a multi-year project, between a two-year college and a research university, that has resulted in the creation of an associate to baccalaureate degree “3+1” pathway in mechanical engineering technology. The degree pathway is based on a strong alignment with industry-defined requirements and emphasizes both technical and non-technical skills and competencies. Rigorous assessment methodologies have been included in both programs and will ensure the consistency of learning outcomes between both institutions. Both the associate and baccalaureate degree are supported by an applications database that directly links course content with industry practice in a clear and effective manner. The project’s sustainability plan will be highlighted, including: increased enrollment and the use of student-generated tuition and fees; the leveraging of existing resources, including equipment, facilities, and personnel; outreach, recruitment, and job placement supported by industry partners; and an online tutorial for the applications library to ensure consistent training and implementation after the completion of the project. This novel and innovative educational delivery model will allow students to achieve a high-quality baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering technology for close to the cost of a single year at some institutions.
Spang, D. I., & Tetteh, E. G., & Jha, R. (2020, June), A Mechanical Engineering Technology Baccalaureate Degree via the “3+1” Pathway Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34015
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