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A Twenty Year History: Perspective From The Past

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.58.1 - 3.58.10

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Beverly J. Hunter

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James L. Hales

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Session 2647

A Twenty-Year History: Perspective From the Past

James L. Hales, Beverly J. Hunter University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown


All new graduates of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown are surveyed annually by the Office of Career Services. The Engineering Technology Division has done periodic surveys of all its alumni. This paper examines the data collected through these instruments. Conclusions drawn from the results are useful in evaluating the effectiveness of the programs and in planning for the future.


The objective of this paper is to present the results of information obtained from surveys of alumni of the three Engineering Technology programs at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) in Johnstown, PA. The alumni data was gathered from two distinct types of surveys. One is an annual survey of each year’s graduating class conducted by the Office of Career Services at UPJ. The other is a periodic survey by the Engineering Technology Division of all alumni of the ET programs. The surveys are conducted to gather statistical information about the graduates and to collect subjective information from the graduates and their employers.

History of the Engineering Technology Program at UPJ

As part of the initiation of four-year programs at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, agreement was reached in 1970 between the Johnstown campus and the School of Engineering at the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh to establish a Bachelor of Science degree program in Engineering Technology, exclusively in Johnstown. Prior to 1970, the Johnstown campus served essentially as a two-year feeder program to the main campus. Students were able to complete the first two years of the engineering curriculum in Johnstown. At that time, approximately fifty students transferred annually to the various engineering departments at the University of Pittsburgh, with a few transferring to other schools such as the Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University.

With the decision to commence the four-year Engineering Technology program at UPJ, an Engineering Technology freshman class of sixty students was enrolled. Civil, electrical and mechanical engineering technology degree options were established. At the start of the program, the Engineering Technology faculty consisted of four professors. The first class of sixty-five students graduated on April 27, 1975. Planned growth in the program brought the peak total full-time day enrollment close to 550 in 1982, with

Hunter, B. J., & Hales, J. L. (1998, June), A Twenty Year History: Perspective From The Past Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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