June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Two Year College Division
15.117.1 - 15.117.7
Academic Performance and Cooperative Employment of Transfer Scholars in Engineering & Engineering Technology Programs
Transfer students from two-year schools, both full-time and part-time, are important stakeholders in academic programs at our university, and form an extremely attractive pool to both expand and diversify the engineering and technology workforce of the future. Transfer students are especially important to the five engineering and engineering technology (EET) departments identified in Table 1 that also lists the number of BS degree programs offered in each department.
Table 1: Participating Academic Departments, Abbreviations, and Programs Academic Department Code # of Programs Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety CETEMS 1 Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology ECTET 3 Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology /Packaging Science MMET/PS 4 Mechanical Engineering ME 1 Electrical and Microelectronics Engineering EE 2
All eleven of the BS degree programs in these five departments are ABET-accredited. Our academic calendar is based on four quarters of 11-week duration in a year. All BS degree programs except Packaging Science listed in Table 1 are five-year programs with a mandatory cooperative education component wherein students attend classes in Fall, Winter and Spring quarters in their first two years. In the third, fourth and fifth years, students alternate each quarter between on-campus study and off-campus co-op employment in industry. Thus, each student who enters as a first-term freshman has 12 quarters of on-campus study, and four (or five) quarters of paid co-op employment thus spending a total of five years before graduation. A student transferring from a two-year school at 3rd year-level may spend only six quarters for on- campus study but still needs at least four quarters of co-op employment to graduate with a BS degree. Therefore, a transfer student typically spends a total of three years at the university before graduating.
In AY 2007-8, we submitted a proposal to NSF focusing on students who wish to transfer at the 3rd year level from two-year schools to departments listed in Table 1, and requesting a total scholarship support of $8,000/student. Our goals were to:
1. Recruit, retain and graduate 75 additional transfer students from our engineering and engineering technology BS programs;
2. Identify women and minority students whenever possible but allow the scholarship to be provided to all students meeting the financial and academic eligibility conditions;
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