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Access And Opportunity: An Alternative Delivery Of A Baccalaureate Of Science Degree In Engineering Technology

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.131.1 - 6.131.6



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Dick Bickerstaff

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Hamid Y. Eydgahi

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Robert Speckert

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Session 2148

Access and Opportunity: An Alternative Delivery of a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Engineering Technology

Hamid Y. Eydgahi, Ph.D., Lima Technical College Richard Bickerstaff, Columbus State Community College Robert Speckert, Miami University


The engineering technology divisions at Lima Technical College, Columbus and Washington State Community Colleges, North Central State College and the department of engineering technology at Miami University (Ohio) have developed a unique plus two (+2) baccalaureate degree engineering technology degree completion program at instructional hubs in the state of Ohio. These strategic locations serve as access campuses and for students who have already completed an engineering technology associate degree program.

In December 1995, the Ohio Board of Regents approved a ‘Plus 2 Engineering Technology’ program at Miami University. Upon developing articulation agreements between Miami and these two-year community/technical colleges, Miami began offering the plus 2 engineering technology program to students at Columbus State Community College by alternative methods including distance (interactive teleconferencing), internet, e-mail, and on-site in Columbus, Ohio. In fall of 1997, the first group of students enrolled in the Columbus–Miami partnership. By August 2000, five students had already completed the program and graduated. There were twenty-five (25) additional students, as of August 2000, who had enrolled in Columbus-Miami partnership program.

In a joint grant proposal to the Ohio Learning Network, requesting assistance for the distance delivery of the program, during Fall 2000, the partnership was expanded to include Lima Technical College (Lima, OH), North Central State College (Mansfield, OH), and Washington State Community College (Marietta, OH). This paper will focus on that which we have learned, in delivering the BS completion program and the expansion plan that will nearly make the program available statewide including: • Introduction and background, • ET: Building Bridges between 2- and 4-Year Colleges, • Assessment, and • Conclusion.

• Introduction and background

The idea of distance education goes back almost 3000 years, when the monarch of China bridged the hurdles of his country’s vast geography, by sending representatives to teach

“Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright O 2001, American Society for Engineering Education”

Bickerstaff, D., & Eydgahi, H. Y., & Speckert, R. (2001, June), Access And Opportunity: An Alternative Delivery Of A Baccalaureate Of Science Degree In Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--8880

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