New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Continuing Professional Development
A Tier 1 Research University Study of Fee-Based Corporate Students and Their Representative Business/Industry Organizations
In an effort to better understand the needs of our fee-based corporate representative adult learners, it is a requirement to understand the demographics of the corporate student and their respective corporations.
Corporate participation in fee-based programs change over time based on numerous criteria; corporate finances, availability of programs and perception that the available training and educational opportunities provide for a positive return on investment.
Colleges and universities use undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) as key criteria for acceptance of students into Masters’ level education programs. While GPA and GRE are relevant as critical success factors to traditional students, the applicability of these criteria alone becomes skewed when considering potential applicants who are working professional adult learners. Working professional adult learners have additional criteria that more accurately predicts their educational success than the historical undergraduate GPA or GRE. Undergraduate GPA and GRE scores, as admissions criteria, further clouded the discussion by our desire as an academic unit to maintain high standards for admission.
In offering graduate education to adult professional engineering and technology learners we frequently assume one of three basic curriculum positions: (1) offer an existing program, (2) offer a curriculum permutation of existing courses, or (3) offer a permutation of existing and customized courses as deemed required by the end recipient (student or organization).
In a recently published academic study the position titles of hired graduates from engineering and technology, into business/industry positions was reported. This study, enhanced by an understanding of where in the product/process life-cycle these titles are employed, and therefore what function each title performs, provides valuable insight into the continuing professional development needs of engineering and technology adult professional learners.
This paper will focus on a tier 1 research university study of participating corporate students and their respective corporations. The study will qualitatively assess the top participating organizations and their professional students of fee-based degree programs.
Questions as depicted below will be addressed:
What are the critical academic success factors for incoming corporate students What are the hierarchical ranking of disciplines of successful corporate students Relative to corporate demographics, what is their frequency of participation Relative to industry demographics, what is their frequency of participation
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