June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
College Industry Partnerships
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A Successful Engineering Program-Corporate PartnershipIntroductionIt is often the desire of large companies and other special interests, e.g., emerging countryeducational agencies, to have engineering programs tailored for their employees or citizens.Such tailoring enables curricula and student outcomes to be specific to a particular industry’soperations or the country’s needs. While there can be many advantages to creating suchprograms, there are also significant challenges. These challenges can include ABETaccreditation as well as the inherent flexibility needed to provide an adaptation of an existingprogram sufficient to the company’s needs. Especially important are the schedule demands of acompany as the program is delivered to its employees while they remain on a full-time workschedule.Paper ContentsThis paper addresses the benefits and challenges of creating a customized ABET-accreditedengineering program and presents a case study of such a development. The case study explainsthe university-company planning process, how criteria were developed for the program designand customized aspects of the degree program, the differences in how program planning is doneat a major university and how a large industry desired to run the planning process. The casestudy also explores the difference in program expectations of the industry partner from those ofthe University, including student preparation, and how these differences were resolved. The casestudy shows how the planning process moved from higher levels of planning to successfulimplementation.This case study also addresses challenges with regard to scheduling, student mentoring andfaculty buy-in. In addition, the potential of implementing the customized program at thecompany’s international locations, especially with regard to ABET accreditation, are discussed.
Danielson, S., & Roberts, C. A. (2013, June), A Successful Engineering Program-Corporate Partnership Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19130
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